Secondary Care Medicines Data (SCMD)



Hospital & Provider Medicines

Datasets on the supply of medicines from NHS provider organisations. read more


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Secondary Care Medicines Data (SCMD)

Important Update

We are making changes to the Secondary Care Medicines data (SCMD). No new monthly data files will be added to this page.

We currently publish Secondary Care Medicines Data in two locations on the Open Data Portal. We are consolidating this so that we will only provide version of the SCMD. The version that we will continue to publish is the SCMD with an indicative price metric. The dataset with indicative price was in the Experiment Area theme and has been moved into the Hospital & Provider Medicines theme. This dataset page will then be retired .

Secondly, the data we publish has been in a monthly provisional format. We hold a yearly and validated final version of this data in our data warehouse. We will be removing all of the provisional monthly files for previous years and will publish the finalised monthly files instead. For example, all 12 provisional monthly files from 2020 will be removed and will be replaced with 12 final monthly files for whole of 2020.

Provisional monthly files will continue to be published for the current year until the finalised yearly file is available.

In summary:

We now publish only one SCMD and it is the version with indicative price included.

We will remove all provisional monthly files for previous years and publish the finalised monthly files instead.

We continue to publish provisional files for the current year until we receive the finalised yearly file.

Data Set Description

Secondary care medicines data (SCMD) contains processed pharmacy stock control data in Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) standardised format from all NHS Acute, Teaching, Specialist, Mental Health and Community Trusts in England.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) hosts and publishes Secondary Care Medicines Data on behalf NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I).

Related data and statistics

We also release an experimental Secondary Care Medicines Data Set with an indicative price metric.

Our Prescribing Costs in Hospitals and the Community official statistics publication also includes Secondary Care Medicines data with actual cost, broken down by British National Formulary (BNF) Section.

Guidance documents:

Read more about this dataset

Secondary Care Medicines Data - Guidance: PDF 234KB

ODS mapping document: Excel 25KB

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source NHS England
Contact NHSBSA Data Services support team
Version v001
State active
Last Updated May 20, 2024, 13:29 (UTC)
Created August 28, 2020, 07:43 (UTC)