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General Medical Practices, General Medical Practitioners, Prescribing Cost Centres, Pharmacies and Branch Surgeries

On 1 April 2006, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) brought together five separate organisations serving the NHS into a single Special Health Authority. This included the Prescription Pricing Authority (now known as the NHS Prescription Services) and the Dental Practice Board (now known as the NHS Dental Services). For more information visit the NHSBSA website

Data for General Medical Practices, General Medical Practitioners, Prescribing Cost Centres and Dispensaries are supplied by the NHS Prescription Services.

EPRACCUR:

This file contains current Medical Practices and Prescribing Cost Centres, including: code, address, parent Primary Care Trust code, start and end dates, and the type of practice (Walk-In Centre, Out of Hours Provider etc).

EPCMEM:

This file contains current and historical records of membership of Primary Care Trusts, Primary Care Groups and Local Health Groups (Wales) by General Medical Practices.

EGPCUR:

This contain current General Medical Practitioners (GPs) including code, name, address, current practice and start and end dates, based on the following criteria:
• all GPs linked to a practice with a join parent (practice) date and no left parent (practice) date
• all GPs linked to a practice with a join parent (practice) date and a left parent (practice) date where the GP is not indicated as being deceased or retired.
• all GPs linked to a practice with a join parent (practice) date and a left parent (practice) date where the GP is indicated as being deceased or retired and the left parent (practice) date is within the current or previous financial year
• all proposed GPs (new GPs) linked to a practice with a future join parent (practice) date whose start date is greater than the end of the month the extract is running for.

The file only includes the latest record for each GP i.e. a history is not maintained within this file. Therefore if an active GP has a future dated practice link this will appear in the EGPCUR file as opposed to the practice the GP is currently active in.

EPRACMEM:

Contains current and historical records of membership of practices by GPs.

EDISPENSARY & EPHARMACYHQ:

New data is now being supplied by the NHS Prescription Services (NHS PS) which identifies dispensaries (pharmacies) in England.

The ODS process this dispensary data to produce parent Headquarters codes for the organisations that own the dispensaries. Each Pharmacy Headquarters can be linked to many dispensaries.

EBRANCHS:

Data for GPs and GP Surgeries has traditionally been supplied by the NHS Prescription Service (NHS PS), however this data only includes main surgeries - the more peripheral branch surgeries that these practices often run are not included in the NHS PS data.

Due to a requirement relating to the National Programme for IT and the N3 network, there was a need for Branch Surgeries to be identified and coded – the Branch Surgery codes are issued by the ODS team.

Branch Surgery codes are allocated using the existing NHS PS GP Practice code for the parent Surgery, to which a further three numerical characters are added to define each branch e.g. 001, 002 etc.

The data includes each Surgery's organisation code, plus its name, address and parent surgery code amongst other information. See the file description linked against the file below for more detail.

PLEASE NOTE - BRANCH SURGERY CODES ARE NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE NHS PS. ALL QUERIES REGARDING BRANCH SURGERY CODES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO ODS

If you have any enquiries about this data, or if you wish to notify us of any errors or omissions, please contact the NHS Prescription Services. Please note: that the coding of Branch Surgeries is NOT the responsibility of the NHS PS, queries regarding these should be directed to the Organisation Data Service Helpdesk

February 2013 Issue

File Name File Description Date Created

epraccur.zip (Zip, 552Kb)

Current GP Practices and Prescribing Cost Centres

04/03/2013

epcmem.zip (Zip, 124Kb)

GP Practices making up each PCT, Care Trust or LHB

04/03/2013

egpcur.zip (Zip, 3.77Mb)

Current General Medical Practitioners

 

04/03/2013

epracmem.zip (Zip, 896Kb) 

GPs by GP Practice 

 

04/03/2013

edispensary.zip (Zip, 792Kb)

Dispensaries

04/03/2013

epharmacyhq.zip (Zip, 185Kb)

Pharmacy Headquarters

04/03/2013

ebranchs.zip (Zip, 96Kb)

Current Branch Surgeries

04/03/2013

The data published above is issued on a Monthly basis, these files are a full data extract for each of the given organisation types.