OpenPrescribing is one of a range of projects built by the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science at the University of Oxford, to help make complex medical and scientific data more accessible and more impactful in the real world.
It provides a search interface onto the raw English Prescribing Dataset published by the NHS Business Services Authority.
To find out more about our team, see the Bennett Institute website.
OpenPrescribing is currently funded by NHS England, with additional funding support for specific topics from the National Institute for Health Research, and the Health Foundation.
Phase 1 of this project leading to beta launch in Dec 2015 was funded by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (£50,000). We were also previously supported by the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, the Health Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR).
The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of any of our funders or the Department of Health.
If there are additional features you would like to see added to this site, or you have any feedback, or bug reports, please tell us. If you have access to funding, we have very big plans: get in touch!
You are welcome to use data or graphs from this site in your academic output with attribution. Please cite OpenPrescribing.net, Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science, University of Oxford, 2023 as the source for academic attribution.
If you use data or images from this site online or in a report, please link back to us. Your readers will then be able to see live updates to the data you are interested in, and explore other queries for themselves.
The code that runs this site is available under the MIT Licence at https://github.com/ebmdatalab/openprescribing. We welcome contributions and issues.
We support IE8 and over (with some graceful degradation). We have an account at BrowserStack for cross-platform testing.
Prescribing data is from the monthly files published by the NHS Business Service Authority, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
Practice list sizes up to September 2016 are from the NHS Business Service Authority's Information Portal, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence. From October 2016, practice list sizes are from NHS Digital, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence. ASTRO-PU and STAR-PUs are calculated from list sizes, based on standard formulas.
BNF codes and names are also from the NHS Business Service Authority's Information Portal, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
Sub-ICB Location to practice relations, and practice prescribing settings, are from NHS Digital's data downloads (epraccur.csv), used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
Sub-ICB Location names and codes and Sub-ICB Location geographic boundaries are from the Office for National Statistics, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
Practice locations are based on data from NHS Digital/ONS. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2016, Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2016, National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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We welcome all feedback: please contact us at [email protected].