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Organisation Data Service

We're responsible for publishing codes that identify organisations and individuals across health and social care.

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APIs for the Organisation Data Service - organisations and developers can use the API to access ODS information on Health and Social Care organisations.

Organisation Reference Data (ORD) Changes Engagement Portal - access information about the Organisation Data Changes project. Learn about potential impacts to your organisation and complete our questionnaire.

Access the ODS portal - a quick and easy search facility for organisation details.

Data downloads - download text files of bulk ODS data, available as self-extracting zip files. Also available to download as a single package.

API issue resolved

We have recently experienced an issue with an automated process that updates the database that feeds the API. This has resulted in a lack of updates being posted to the API during the first full working week of January. The issue has now been resolved.



If you are an API user utilising the LastChangeDate feature to synchronise updates, you should run an update using a LastChangeDate of 2020-01-01. This will enable you to synchronise all data changed in the affected period.


Guidance for consumers who have built a dependency on LastChangeDate.

About the Organisation Data Service

The Organisation Data Service (ODS) is responsible for publishing organisation and practitioner codes, along with related national policies and standards. We're also responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the organisation and person nodes of the Spine Directory Service, the central data repository used within various NHS systems and services.

Find out more about Organisation Reference data by reading the fundamental standard.

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    XML Organisation Data Products

    This page contains background information and a range of supporting materials for the XML Organisation Reference Data Products.

Last edited: 14 January 2020 2:04 pm