The Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets are secondary use data sets which aim to re-purpose clinical and operational data concerning the prescribing and administration of medication in Health Care Providers in England who have a live Electronic Prescribing and Medication Administration system.
The utilisation of secondary care PATIENT-level data supports improvements to health outcomes, and the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets will be linked to other national data sets to provide enhanced intelligence to support:
- safety and effectiveness
- monitoring uptake of innovative medicine
- cost-effectiveness (pharmacoeconomics)
- compliance with best practice and policy directives
- antimicrobial stewardship
Data in scope of the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets is from the Primary Electronic Prescribing and Medicine Administration system. Therefore the data should not include activity where a separate system is used, for example for the delivery of certain cancer treatments (such as those covered by the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Data Set), the prescribing and administration of specific medications such as Warfarin, and delivery of medications in specific care settings such as Intensive Care Units.
Care settings in scope of the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets are:
- Emergency Care Department setting
- Admitted Patient - on Discharge from the Hospital Provider Spell
- Admitted Patient - for Home Leave
- Admitted Patient - existing medication on admission
- Other Medication Administration Setting
Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets data for submission must be formatted into XML files as per the Technology Reference Update Distribution (TRUD) page at: NHS Data Model and Dictionary: DD XML Schemas.
The data sets should be extracted from the primary Electronic Prescribing and Medicine Administration system on a weekly basis, covering the previous seven days' ACTIVITY for both prescribing and medicines administration.
Data submissions are made to NHS Digital using the Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) portal.
Further guidance for the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Sets is available at Interoperable Medicines Programme.
The Mandation column indicates the recommendation for the inclusion of data.
- M = Mandatory: this data element is mandatory and the technical process (e.g. submission of the data set, production of output etc) cannot be completed without this data element being present
- R = Required: NHS business processes cannot be delivered without this data element
For guidance on the XML Schema constraints, see the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Data Set XML Schema Constraints.
For guidance on downloading the XML Schema, see XML Schema TRUD Download.