Find links to all our prescribing publications and data, plus supporting information and useful websites.
Prescribing is the most common patient-level intervention in the NHS, and covers all sectors of care: primary, hospital, public and community health. It is the second highest area of spending in the NHS, after staffing costs.
Our Prescribing team extracts and analyses prescribing data to identify trends and variation, and to support national policy. We produce reports and publications. We work closely with a range of organisations which have an interest in this information, including the NHS Business Services Authority, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Department of Health.
Our prescribing publications include:
- Prescription Cost Analysis
- Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community
- Prescribing Costs in Hospitals and the community (previously Hospital Prescribing)
- Prescribing by Dentists
- Prescribing for Diabetes in England
- Innovation scorecard: NICE Technology Appraisals in the NHS in England
- Use of NICE appraised medicines in the NHS in England
- General Phamaceutical Services
Open data, put simply, is data that can be accessed, used and shared, by anyone, for any purpose. In accordance with the Open Government Licence, you are free to use the following prescribing data:
- Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) prescribing data
- Practice Level Prescribing in England
- Primary Care Trust (PCT) prescribing data
Pharmacies and prescribers often use some of our core IT systems.
Where our data comes from
Most of our primary care prescribing information is derived from the reimbursement to dispensers - community pharmacists, dispensing practices and appliance contractors - for supplying products on prescription. This data is collected by NHS Prescription Services, a division of the NHS Business Services Authority.
Practice level prescribing data is a list of all medicines, dressings and appliances that are prescribed by all practices in England, including GP practices, each month.