Explore 5 years of NHS prescribing data. We’re helping to make prescribing safer and more cost-effective.
Every month, the NHS publishes anonymised data about the medicines prescribed by GPs across England. At over 600 million rows, the raw data is overwhelming.
With OpenPrescribing, we’re making it easy for anyone to monitor prescribing trends, spot unusual patterns, and see who is prescribing what in the NHS. GPs, medicines managers, or anybody, can use our tools to identify where there are improvements and savings to be made.
Dashboards for each of England’s practices and CCGs display a variety of prescribing measures on safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Measures where performance most deviates from the rest of the country will be displayed at the top so the key priority areas can easily be identified. There are over 50 measures, which we frequently add to and review in response to new information and feedback from users.
Price per unit
We’ve helped the NHS find millions of pounds of prescribing savings with our new Price per Unit tool. This compares similar preparations of the same chemical dispensed across the country (e.g. different brands, or tablets vs capsules) and highlights the greatest potential savings opportunities for each practice and CCG (without switching patients to different class of drug). See our blog for more information.
Our email alert service uses clever statistical processes to let you know if your selected practice or CCG has changed in relation to other CCGs/practices on any measure, and we are sending out over 700 per month.
Analysis and Trends
You can explore monthly trends in prescribing of any selected chemical or related group of drugs. We also have a long term trends tracker showing annual prescribing behaviour back to 1998. On the analyse page you can explore the prescribing of selected drugs at any practices and CCGs. You can view these as a chart or map, and watch the trends over time as an animation. You can also download your results.
Drug Tariff Explorer
Our Drug Tariff explorer shows monthly drug tariff prices back to 2010, including Price Concessions (increased prices for generic drugs with supply problems). These caused a dramatic increase in spend on prescription medication in 2017, costing the NHS millions of pounds. See our blog for more information on the tool.
We carry out research to produce academic papers exploring interesting prescribing patterns and to highlight areas of variation in patient care. We are also publishing papers explaining how we made some of the new tools.
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