English Prescribing Dataset (EPD) with SNOMED Code

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English Prescribing Dataset (EPD) with SNOMED Code

The English Prescribing Data set contains detailed information on prescriptions issued in England that have been dispensed in England, Wales, Scotland, Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and the Isle of Man. This experimental version of the data contains an additional column - SNOMED Code.

We are releasing this as an experimental data set initially to allow users to provide us with feedback on its use and utility and to allow you to make any amendments that are needed to your own systems before we implement these changes in the live version of the data. You can provide us with feedback by completing the online form or by emailing nhsbsa.help@nhs.net. This data set will be updated each month and then merged with the existing EPD in the future once we are confident it meets our user's needs.

The inclusion of SNOMED Code within the data means that it is now at a more granular level and the data files are larger than they were before. We estimate that each monthly release will now increase in size by approximately 1.25 million rows and 200MB in file size. You can read more about the changes we have made in the provided guidance document.

English Prescribing Dataset (EPD) Guidance (ODT: 236KB)

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.

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Field Value
Source NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Data warehouse
Contact NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA)
Version 1.0
State active
Last Updated May 16, 2022, 10:15 (UTC)
Created April 30, 2021, 09:11 (UTC)