NHS Business Services Authority

NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) provides a range of critical support services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. It is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care.

The NHSBSA became operational on 1st April 2006 when five NHS organisations were brought together: Prescription Pricing Authority; NHS Pensions Agency; Dental Practice Board; NHS Logistics Authority; and NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service.

Services that the NHSBSA provides include:

  • processing prescriptions in England;
  • managing the NHS Pension Scheme;
  • compiling, publishing and distributing the NHS Drug Tariff for England and Wales;
  • managing NHS Student Bursaries in England;
  • administering the low income scheme, maternity and medical exemption schemes, tax credit exemption cards and prescription prepayment certificates in England; and
  • providing the NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (in partnership with NHS Digital) for use throughout the NHS.


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