English Prescribing Dataset (EPD)



Community Prescribing & Dispensing

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English Prescribing Dataset (EPD)

The English Prescribing dataset contains detailed 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:

OpenDocument Text Document file (ODT): 233KB

Portable Document Format (PDF):238KB

Notice of Changes

In the April 2020 EPD release the Area Team and Area Team code columns have been replaced with the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and STP code columns. This is to reflect the new NHS organisational structure – details can be found at NHS Digital's Change summary - 2020 STP, CCG and Commissioning Hub reconfiguration page. NHS Digital have also produced an April 2020 reconfiguration mapping file

Notices of correction

14 January 2022: The October 2021 EPD file was republished on 13 January 2022 due to an error identified to impact the ACTUAL_COST of multi-element prescription items only. It is advised that users redownload this file if they accessed the data on or prior to 13 January 2022.

This correction follows a previous correction for the October 2021 EPD on 17 December 2021 due to values in the ACTUAL_COST field being reported as 100 times larger than they actually are.

No other measures within the data have been impacted by these issues.

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 May 17, 2022, 08:32 (UTC)
Created March 31, 2020, 22:07 (UTC)