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.
We have dashboards for each of England’s practices, CCGs, STPs and regions, as well as for all of England combined. They display a variety of prescribing measures on safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Measures where your selected organisation’s 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 70 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). You can also view the top cost saving opportunities across the whole of England. See our blog for more information.
- Price Concessions
Price Concessions (increased prices for generic drugs with supply problems) can have a huge cost impact on NHS budgets. On your CCG or practice or all-England dashboard you can find a list of drugs affected by price concessions and how the prices are predicted to affect you in the latest month. You can sign up for email alerts to get the latest figures for your selected organisation when they are updated each week. (You can also explore price concessions for individual drugs of interest using our Drug Tariff Explorer – see below).
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 1000 per month. You can also sign up for alerts for the whole of England.
Analyse (CCG and practice-level custom search)
On the analyse page you can explore the prescribing of selected drugs for any practice (compared to other practices in CCG) or any CCG/STP/region (compared to other CCGs/STPs/regions in England). Result are shown as two types of chart and on a map. You can also download your results and sign up for an email alert to see how the data changes each month.
Trends (national prescribing figures)
You can explore national monthly trends in prescribing of any selected chemical or related group of drugs dispensed in primary care. We also have a long term trends tracker showing annual prescribing behaviour back to 1998.
Drug Tariff Explorer
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. Read our Research page for a summary of our work to date and keep an eye on our blog for the latest information.
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