The Organization Data Service (ODS) is provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It is responsible for the publication of all organization and practitioner codes and national policy and standards with regard to the majority of organization codes, and encompasses the functionality and services previously provided by the National Administrative Codes Service (NACS).
These code standards form part of the NHS data standards. The HSCIC is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ODS and for its overall development.
Data for General Medical Practices, General Medical Practitioners, Prescribing Cost Centers and Dispensaries are supplied by the NHS Prescription Services and are used to facilitate their remit to remunerate dispensing contractors and provide the NHS with financial, prescribing and drug information.
It should be noted that the National Health Service (NHS) Prescription Service do not always close practices that are inactive; often a practice will be given a state of ‘Dormant’ when it has no practitioners linked to it. This is to prevent unnecessary re-allocation of codes to the same practice, as it can be quite common for a practice to be unused for a short while before coming into use again. A status code of ‘Proposed’ is also used where practices are included within the file prior to their opening. For these reasons, despite the file being described as containing current GP Practices, it can be important to take note of a record’s status.
There are a few instances where a Principal GP’s name is given as the name of a practice. This is to cater for situations where a number of practices are located in a single establishment (e.g. a Health Center), where each practice is then known by the Principal GP’s name.
Practices are provided with a Commissioner link to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Care Trust or Local Health Board in Wales that is responsible for their area. This is detailed in the Commissioner Org Code.
Users should be aware that there is more than one type of practice in the NHS Prescription Service data; in reality the NHS Prescription Service code prescribing cost centers as opposed to solely GP Practices. Those that offer Out of Hours services, operate as Walk-In Centres or are situated within the Justice Estate are identified with a type code as indicated below:
– 0 = Other
– 1 = WIC Practice
– 2 = OOH Practice
– 3 = WIC + OOH Practice
– 4 = GP Practice
– 8 = Public Health Service
– 9 = Community Health Service
– 10 = Hospital Service
– 11 = Optometry Service
– 12 = Urgent & Emergency Care
– 13 = Hospice
– 14 = Care Home / Nursing Home
– 15 = Border Force
– 16 = Young Offender Institution
– 17 = Secure Training Centre
– 18 = Secure Children’s Home
– 19 = Immigration Removal Centre
– 20 = Court
– 21 = Police Custody
– 22 = Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
– 24 = Other – Justice Estate
– 25 = Prison