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 (GPs), Prescribing Cost Centres and Dispensaries are supplied by the NHS Prescription Services and are used to facilitate their remit to remunerate dispensing contractors and provide the National Health Service (NHS) with financial, prescribing and drug information.
The identifying codes provided in this dataset are the Nurse’s PIN numbers, allocated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council when a Nurse qualifies to prescribe. The NHS Prescription Service collates the Nurse Prescribing data for their own internal use in tracking the prescribing activity of nurses. Information on the nurses and their place of work is provided to the NHS Prescription Service by contacts within the Employer Organizations.
The nurse type is derived using the nurse and parent organization link; where PN = nurse employed by a practice; and CN = nurse employed by a Community NHS Trust. In this dataset, the nurse type is used to be ‘PN’.