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 DataServicesSupport@nhsbsa.nhs.uk. 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)
15 July 2022: In the May 2022 EPD with Snomed code 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.