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Organisations and Practitioners

By Connecting for Health | 26 Feb 2013

Organisations

It is vital to the provision of effective healthcare that the various locations involved in a patient’s treatment can communicate quickly and efficiently.

The NHS Organisation Data Service (ODS) codes facilitate this process by providing unique identification codes for organisational entities of interest to the NHS, for example NHS Trusts or CCGs, organisation sites such as hospitals, or GP Practices.

The ODS coding structure also provides a clear picture of the NHS organisational hierarchy, and the links between the various organisations at different levels; for instance the fact that a particular site is the responsibility of a certain Trust.

Organisations are classified into different types represented by a 2-character organisation type code. A list of the organisation types is available from the NHS Data Dictionary here. There is also a set of tables in the NHS Data Dictionary that show how to derive organisation type from organisation code here.

Organisation sites are classified into different types represented by a 2-character organisation site type code. A list of the organisation site types is available from the NHS Data Dictionary here. There is also a set of tables in the NHS Data Dictionary that show how to derive organisation site type from organisation site code here.

Practitioners

A doctor who is registered on the General Medical Council (GMC) List of Registered Medical Practitioners has a GMC reference number as a 7-digit number which is unique and retained for life.

A dental professional who is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) Registers has a GDC registration number which is unique.

A nurse who is registered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register has a pin number which is unique.

ODS releases data about GPs that contain practitioner identifiers provided by the NHS Prescription Service. This identifier is known as the GNC (General National Code), prescribing code, PPD code or GMP (General Medical Practitioner) code. The NHS Prescription Service  maintain these codes in support of their activity to track prescribing activity and reimburse dispensaries. However they are prescribing cost centre codes and are therefore not  unique – a GP has a code for every practice they work at.