NHS Business Services Authority

We provide a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public.

Our service portfolio includes:

  • management of the NHS Pension Scheme in England and Wales;
  • administration of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme in the UK;
  • management of a 10-year outsourced Master Services Agreement (MSA) for the delivery of supply chain services to the NHS;
  • provision of strategic procurement and contract management expertise on Department of Health (DH) supply chain strategic contracts and programmes across the health sector;
  • payments to pharmacists in England for prescriptions dispensed in primary care;
  • payments to dentists for work undertaken on NHS contracts in England and Wales;
  • provision of management information to over 25,000 registered NHS and DH users on costs and trends in prescribing and dental care in England and Wales;
  • provision of the NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (in partnership with NHS Connecting for Health) for use throughout the NHS (in both primary and secondary care) as a means of uniquely identifying the specific medicines or devices used in the diagnosis or treatment of patients;
  • compilation, publication and distribution of the NHS Drug Tariff for England and Wales. Approving the list of medical devices and chemical reagents that appear in the Drug Tariff and determining the price of those products;
  • administration of a range of health related services across the UK, including a Low Income Scheme, Medical and Maternity Exemption Schemes, Tax Credit NHS Exemption Cards (in the UK) and Prescription Pre-payment Certificates (in England);
  • management of the NHS Student Bursaries in England;
  • management of the Social Work Bursaries Scheme in England;
  • management of the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme in England and Wales;
  • provision of a range of hosted employment, human resources and financial services for various DH teams and programmes; and
  • provision of NHS Protect services (in England and Wales).


For further information visit: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Index.aspx


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