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 NHS with financial, prescribing and drug information.
Data for dispensaries is supplied by the NHS Prescription Service; however in order that the data be structured to fit with other organization data that the ODS publish, parent HQ organizations are also required. It is the responsibility of the ODS to maintain this information. The Prescription Service relies on their contacts within Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to inform them of updates and additions to Dispensaries within their area. This updating is carried out to the Prescription Service’s systems on an ongoing basis, with the Prescription Service supplying updated files to ODS. The ODS team load the dispensary data from the Prescription Service to a bespoke database, which is used to identify new dispensaries and either assign them to an existing HQ, or create new HQ codes when required.