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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy with systemic and local administration

The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued advice on the risk of central serous chorioretinopathy. This has been associated with systemic use of corticosteroids but recently it has also been reported after local administration of corticosteroids via inhaled, intranasal, epidural, intra-articular, topical dermal and periocular routes. The MHRA is advising healthcare professionals...

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CPPE launches New Medicine Service e-course

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-course which will enable learners to gain the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) and to ensure they are delivering a patient-centred, high-quality service. The course will give pharmacy professionals the opportunity to learn in live online...

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Electronic Prescription Service 

 

EPS Online Information Library

 

The EPS Online Information Library holds useful leaflets, guidance and procedures in relation to EPS.  The document library is run through the HSCIC website and holds documents that can be used with patients, has top tips and how to guides for pharmacies and GP practices, as well as FAQs for when queries arise

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/eps/library

With the push to get more and more GP practices to ‘go-live’ on EPS there are also useful guides on how to engage with pharmacies and GP practices to make local EPS launches a success.  There is also a particularly helpful Nomination Factsheet which sets out responsibilities and dos and don’ts for pharmacies and GP practices.  This factsheet is well worth sharing with all members of your team so that they are aware of their responsibilities and are able to respond to patient queries.


EPS Bulletins

Click here to view the Electronic Prescription Service Bulletins from Connecting for Health.

 

EPS Checklists

NHS Connecting for Health has developed a number of checklists to help pharmacies navigate their way through from preparing for EPS Release 2 to getting the maximum benefit after they have upgraded.

The first covers the time up to ordering a Release 2 system:

General Preparation Checklist 

The second covers the period right up to installing a Release 2 system:

 Preparing to upgrade to EPS Release 2

The final one covers the day Release 2 is switched on until it becomes business as usual.

Upgrading and Using EPS Release 2

 

EPS Dispensing Tokens

EPS dispensing tokens can be ordered via the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) portal.  Click here for further details of how to register for the portal.

 

EPS Fact Sheets

Dispensing Electronic Prescriptions - Factsheet for pharmacy staff

 

EPS Glossary

We understand that some pharmacy teams may be overwhelmed by the new terminology when dealing with EPS Release 2. The EPS Glossary for some of the most common phrases and a brief explanation of each one. This document does not replace training on how to use EPS Release 2 and it is important that you and your team are up to speed.

 

EPS Nominations

Click here for information.

 

EPS Prescription Tracker

An updated version of the EPS Prescription Tracker is now available.

The new version of the tracker (PDF, 1.4MB) allows users to enter a prescription ID and find out where a prescription is in the process. It is now also possible to search by NHS number and date range. The tracker will confirm if the prescription has left the prescribing site, if it has reached the Spine or if it has been delivered to a dispensing site. 

EPS Tracker Fact Sheet

Prescription Tracker Presentation

 

Smart Cards

Click here for information.