Ordnance Survey is committed to helping the health sector benefit from using geographic information available to the NHS and Local Authorities through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA).
Our data is being used today right across the health sector to help develop policy, plan and deliver services and monitor their success. Our data is delivering real benefits in terms of efficiency gains, optimisation and access to services and health gains for our citizens. Over 200 NHS organisations are already taking advantage of these outcomes.
Health organisations that benefit from the PSMA include:
- Department of Health
- NHS England
- Public Health England
- Health and Social Care Information Centre
- Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's)
- Commissioning Support Units (CSU's) - under the Standard Contractor Licence
- NHS Hospital Trusts
- All Local Authorities
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The changes taking place to the NHS may impact how your organisation is licensed under the PSMA. Please see the sections below to understand the different scenarios that may apply:
Your mapping function is moving to a newly formed Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
These bodies are eligible for membership in the PSMA. They will need to have an account set up in order to take advantage of PSMA membership and can apply to set up that account. You can check if your CCG is already a member and download a full member list.
Your mapping function is moving to local government
You will in this instance be covered by the respective local authority / public body’s PSMA membership. This will entitle you to exactly the same level of mapping access and usage as your previous PSMA membership. All local authorities in England are members of the PSMA.
Your mapping function is moving to a Commissioning Support Unit (CSU)
CSUs are not eligible for membership of the PSMA in their own right; however these organisations will be able to support CCGs with mapping services under the PSMA licence. We have agreed two licensing options for CSUs with NHS England:
NOTE: as CCGs are the beneficiary and licensee of the PSMA, for both of these options a CSU’s respective CCGs must join the PSMA before a CSU can use PSMA data on their behalf.
Option one: CCGs nominate their CSU as a PSMA contractor
CCGs are entitled to share PSMA data with any organisation working on their behalf, including CSUs.
Where a CSU provides mapping services to multiple CCGs, they could benefit from one of the other contractor licences available from Ordnance Survey:
Multi-Client Contractor Licence (MCCL): The MCCL provides direct data supply and maintenance from Ordnance Survey to qualifying contractors. It removes the requirement for separate management of multiple data supplies of differing currency from different licensees.
Address Multi-Contractor Agreement – Public Sector (AMCAPS): A multi-client contractor licence, specifically for AddressBase® products.
Data Management Services Licence (DSML): The Data Management Services Licence (DMSL) is open to any organisation that wishes to develop data management or hosting services for customers who already hold data licences with Ordnance Survey. It permits the development of web-oriented services such as web map serving (WMS) and web feature serving (WFS) services.
Option two: CSU accesses PSMA as part of NHS England
NHS England and Ordnance Survey have agreed that CSUs can now access PSMA mapping through the NHS England licence. A CSU would still be required to ensure their respective CCGs become members of the PSMA (as they are the organisations gaining operational benefit from the PSMA), but the CSU would not need to act as a contractor to or receive mapping from a CCG.
They are able to licence their mapping from NHS England, and under the PSMA principles of data sharing between members, freely share the mapping with their respective CCGs.
How does the NHS use Ordnance Survey mapping?
Ordnance Survey’s geographic information is used across the whole spectrum of NHS organisations, from estate management and emergency response to mapping demographic changes and optimising service locations. These are some example of how the NHS benefits from the PSMA:
- Visualising complex information to aid shared decision making e.g. planning health services in Bromley
- Planning effective delivery of services and contract monitoring e.g. pinpointing patients and practice areas (South West Commissioning Support)
- Optimising service locations by mapping population needs e.g. improving drug and alcohol treatment provision in Bristol (Avon IMT)
- Identifying gaps in service provision e.g. improving primary care out-of-hours services in Somerset (South West Commissioning Support)
- Effective targeting of resources to areas of greatest need e.g. cutting teenage pregnancy rates in Hull (Hull City Council)
- Provide evidenced-based decision making to improve public health e.g. mapping the way to good health in Birmingham (NHS Birmingham and Solihull & Birmingham City Council)
- Improving Business Intelligence and marketing e.g. effective planning of patient services in Birmingham (Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust)
- Mapping the uptake of services e.g. working together to improve childhood immunisation rates (Luton PCT)
- Streamline health services and improving customer service e.g. simplifying search results and streamline health service staff response times (South West Commissioning Support)
- Strategic asset and estate planning e.g. helping the NHS get into SHAPE (Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation)
- Ensuring effective healthcare provision in areas of new development e.g. impact of new housing on primary health facilities (NHS North Essex)
- Emergency planning and response e.g. improving ambulance services in the North East (North East Ambulance Service)
- Service redesign and identifying new site locations e.g. why maps are good for your health (NHS West Kent and Medway)
If you work for the NHS and have benefitted from PSMA membership, we would like to hear from you – submit a case study.
Useful links to third-party health data and services
Public Health England’s Data and Knowledge Gateway – a single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England
CCG boundaries for use in GIS software are available to download from NHS England’s web site (note, these map layers are generalised to 200 metres)
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing details of all admissions, outpatient appointments and A&E attendances at NHS hospitals in England. The data can be downloaded from HSCIC website
Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) Open Geography Portal allows users to discover, view and download geographical reference data to support National Statistics, including Output Areas and ONS’s Postcode Directory.
ONS’s Neighbourhood Statistics, including deprivation and census data, are available to download
Local Health has been developed by Public Health England’s Health Profile programme. It provides high quality assured health information clearly presented using interactive mapping
Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation is a web-enabled, evidenced based application which informs and supports strategic planning of services and physical assets across the whole health economy
NHS Health Check Data – view and download
Organisational Data Service (ODS) data – download from HSCIC
Environmental data, including flood zones, is available to download from Environment Agency’s Geostore
If you are an existing member, please log in below.
How to join
Membership of the PSMA provides public sector organisations in England and Wales access to high quality mapping in a digital format which brings many benefits and supports a wide range of business activities. The PSMA helps public sector organisations to deal with a wide range of challenges through the application of geographic and location intelligence.