About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) is an update of prescribing data up to March 2023. The National Therapeutic Indicators (NTIs) are a set of prescribing indicators that are used for quality improvement work. The publication presents a visualisation of information by NHS Board, Health and Social Partnership (HSCP), General Practitioner (GP) practice, GP cluster and practice peer group.

Main points

There are currently 34 prescribing indicators detailed in the publication. The example indicator below shows that in Scotland, the percentage of people prescribed an antipsychotic has stayed static. NHS Orkney has the lowest proportion (1.6%) for Jan 2023 to Mar 2023 and has reduced from 2.3% during Jan 21 to Mar 21.

Image caption Number of people aged 75 and over prescribed an antipsychotic as a percentage of all people aged 75 and over - Percentage of Patients (%)


The data visualisation allows a more in-depth and interactive visual analysis of the current National Therapeutic Indicators paper publication, published by the Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics Division of the Scottish Government.

The visualisation includes a presentation of variation and prescribing trends, and comparisons of HSCP, GP clusters and practice peer groups. This update also provides a practice level dashboard showing comparisons between indicators, HSCP trends and an NHS board indicator summary.

This interactive visualisation allows the user to look at the variation in prescribing practice between GP practices and should be useful to both prescribers and associated prescribing staff who want an 'easy to access' visualisation view of prescribing data.

This is the latest release of the data visualisation and further developments will follow, as prioritised by a steering group for this work which is commissioned by the Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics division of the Scottish Government. The update includes expanded detail for a number of indicators to help aid clinicians and prescribing advisers.

Further information

Further information is available from the Prescribing webpages.

The next release of this publication will be October 2023.

General enquiries

If you have an enquiry relating to this publication, please contact David Scott at phs.prescribing@phs.scot.

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Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 20 November 2023
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