About

OpenPrescribing is one of a range of projects built by the EBM DataLab 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 prescribing data files published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

After several years' gestation, 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) through Dr. Peter Brindle.

It is now co-funded by 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 the NIHR, the NHS or the Department of Health.

Phase 1 was greatly supported and improved by discussions with Dr Peter Brindle, Richard Croker, Dr Jeff Aronson, Prof Carl Heneghan, Dr Kamal Mahtani, Demeter Sztanko, Joel Hirst, Mark Gregory, Dr Julian Treadwell, and Peter Kirmond. The six initial indicative measures for practices and CCGs were developed in various discussions between Ben Goldacre, Jeff Aronson, Peter Brindle, Kamal Mahtani, and Richard Croker. Thanks all!

This site is currently in beta. If there are additional features you would like to see added to it, or you have any feedback, or bug reports, please tell us. If you have access to funding, we have very big plans for features we would like to add: get in touch!

Citation

You are welcome to use data or graphs from this site in your academic output with attribution. Our methods paper will be published shortly, until then please cite "OpenPrescribing.net, Powell-Smith A and Goldacre B, 2015" 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.

Code and contributions

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.

Data sources

Please read our guide to using the data.

Prescribing data is from the monthly files published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Practice list sizes are from the NHS Business Service Authority's Information Portal, 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.

CCG to practice relations, and practice prescribing settings, are from the HSCIC's data downloads (epraccur.csv), used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

CCG names and codes and CCG 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 HSCIC/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.

Feedback

We welcome all feedback: please contact us at [email protected].