FOI 26555



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FOI 26555


I would like to make a request under the freedom of information act, could you please provide the number of patients by CCG which have had a prescription including a product classified under the BNF chapter 23 and the same information for products under BNF chapter 21, section 02 (BNF starting with: 2102). If possible could this be split by month, if not then a total for each calendar year as far back as possible please (2022 represented as a year to date figure).


A copy of the information is attached. Please note the following –


NHSBSA 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

Data in ePACT2 is sourced from the NHSBSA Information Services 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.

Time Period

Monthly data form April 2015 – May 2022


Number of patients (with number of items) for prescribing in BNF Chapter 23 (Stoma Appliances) and BNF Section 2102 (Catheters).

Organisation Data

The data provided is for prescriptions prescribed in England by CCG/SICBL (Sub Integrated Care Board Location). All CCG were re named as SICBL from July 2022. If the CCG was closed before this date, then the old CCG name is used in the data. Please note no organisation codes have changed.

A date with the letter 'C' in brackets - example (C 01-FEB-18) against a CCG Name indicates that this organisation is closed as of the date stated.


Items shows the number of times a product appears on a prescription form not the quantity prescribed.

Patient Identification

Where patient identifiable figures have been reported they are based on the information captured during the prescription processing activities. Please note, patient details cannot be captured from every prescription form and based on the criteria used for this analysis, patient information (NHS number) was captured for the percentages shown in the data.

The patient count figures are based on a distinct count of NHS number as captured from the prescription image.

The figures for the number of identifiable patients should not be combined and reported at any other level than provided as this may result in the double-counting of patients. For example, a single patient could appear in the results for multiple months and CCG/SICBLs.

Patient data is only available from April 2015.

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Last Updated July 27, 2022, 10:18 (UTC)
Created July 27, 2022, 10:12 (UTC)