English Prescribing Dataset (EPD)



Community Prescribing & Dispensing

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Open Government Licence 3.0 (United Kingdom) [Open Data]

English Prescribing Dataset (EPD)

This dataset contains information on prescriptions issued in England that have been dispensed in England, Wales, Scotland, Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

The dataset combines elements of the Detailed Prescribing Information (DPI) data previously released by NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) via the Information Services Portal, and the Practice Level Prescribing in England (PLP) data released by NHS Digital via their website. It is intended to replace both of those sources.

These datasets have been brought together to provide end users with a single comprehensive, consistent and accessible source of prescribing information.

Find out more about this data in the guidance document:

English Prescribing Dataset guidance document (ODT): 233KB

English Prescribing Dataset guidance document (PDF):238KB


15 July 2022: In the May 2022 EPD release the STP Name and STP code columns have been replaced with Integrated Care Board (ICB) and ICB code columns. CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups) will be renamed as SICBL’s (Sub Integrated Care Board Locations) within the PCO Name Column, for example, KIRKLEES CCG will be changing to NHS WEST YORKSHIRE ICB X2C4Y.

This is to reflect the new NHS organisational structure - details can be found at the NHS Digital’s Integrated Care Board page.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Data warehouse
Contact NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA)
Version v001
State active
Last Updated April 10, 2024, 16:43 (UTC)
Created March 31, 2020, 22:07 (UTC)