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General Pharmaceutical Services in England 2009/10 - 2019/20

This is an upcoming publication. View our statistical publication calendar to find out the release date of this and our other publications.

The next release of this publication will be the first in series by us following a public consultation by NHS Digital.

You can view previous versions of General Pharmaceutical Services on the NHS Digital website.

This publication is a National Statistic release. This means it’s been assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) as fully compliant with the Code of Practice for Statistics.

This release will be assessed further by the OSR over the next few months.

We want to create trust in what we release through a commitment to transparency. What we produce will be truthful, impartial and independent. It will meet consistent standards of behaviour that reflect the wider public good. 

We pre-announce any methodological changes that we make to our products. This is in line with our Revisions and Corrections Policy (PDF: 267KB). A change in methodology is where we find a different technique or process that we can use to produce more accurate, complete, consistent, or higher quality data. 

The historical figures released as part of the upcoming General Pharmaceutical Services (GPS) publication may change when compared to those released by NHS Digital.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • the number of community pharmacies
  • appliance contractors
  • independent and multiple contractors
  • items dispensed

The amount of community pharmacies providing NIAVS may also change. This is because we're updating the methodology to count unique dispenser codes, as opposed to trading addresses. This will result in a more accurate figure, as trading addresses are liable to change while still belonging to the same dispenser code. 

Some of the data in tables 1, 2, & 3, as well as the entirety of table 5, will not be included in this forthcoming release. 

The Pharmacy Collection (PHS1) mandatory data collection activity by NHS Digital is no longer carried out. This provided data on:

  • pharmacy openings and closures
  • exempt categories
  • number of consolidations
  • the provision of enhanced services
  • decisions on applications for new and existing premises

We're currently working with NHS England & Improvement to source this data from elsewhere. In line with our Revisions and Corrections Policy (PDF: 267KB), all data can be updated when new information becomes available that relates to a period already published. If this data becomes available post publication, we'll update this forthcoming release to include it. 

More information will be provided in the accompanying background information and methodology note. You should always use the latest release of a publication.