Thank you for your request for information about the following:
‘I would like the same information as you provided in FOI 25464 when you supplied us with data on items dispensed by appliance contractor for a 36 month period to March 2022. Please could you repeat this for the period April 2023 to June 2023 being the most recent month. Please refer to earlier request for the exact specification.’
Your request was received on 23 August 2023 and has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
A copy of the information is attached.
Dispensing at English Appliance Contractors for BNF Chapter 21 Appliances, 22 Incontinence Appliances and 23 Stoma Appliances at presentation level from April 2023 to June 2023
NHS Prescription Services process prescriptions for Pharmacy Contractors, Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Personal Administration with information then used to make payments to pharmacists and appliance contractors in England for prescriptions dispensed in primary care settings (other arrangements are in place for making payments to Dispensing Doctors and Personal Administration). This involves processing over 1 billion prescription items and payments totalling over £9 billion each year. The information gathered from this process is then used to provide information on costs and trends in prescribing in England and Wales to over 25,000 registered NHS and Department of Health and Social Care users.
Data Source: ePACT2
Data in ePACT2 is sourced from the NHSBSA Data Warehouse and is derived from products prescribed on prescriptions and dispensed in the Community. The data captured from prescription processing is used to calculate reimbursement and remuneration. It includes items prescribed in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey / Alderney, Jersey and Isle of Man which have been dispensed in the community in England. English prescribing that has been dispensed in Wales, Scotland, Guernsey / Alderney, Jersey and Isle of Man is also included.
The Data excludes:
• Items not dispensed, disallowed and those returned to the contractor for further clarification.
• Prescriptions prescribed and dispensed in Prisons, Hospitals and Private prescriptions.
• Items prescribed but not presented for dispensing or not submitted to NHS Prescription Services by the dispenser.
Monthly data from April 2023 to June 2023
The data is for prescriptions dispensed by Appliance Contractors in the community in England.
This dataset is limited to the dispensing of products within BNF chapter 21 Appliances, chapter 22 Incontinence appliances and chapter 23 Stoma appliances at presentation level.
Total quantity is the number of items multiplied by the quantity prescribed.
e.g., 2 items prescribed, one with a quantity of 2 and one with a quantity of 3, the total quantity would show as 5 (1 item x quantity of 2) + (1 item x quantity of 3)
Net Ingredient Cost (£)
Net Ingredient cost (NIC) is the basic price of an appliance as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff.
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