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Appropriate use of flu vaccines (aTIV and QIV)

Over the last few days, PSNC has received many queries from contractors relating to the ordering and appropriate use of adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) and in what exceptional circumstances quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) may be used in patients 65 years and over. On Monday, we published a Briefing which summarises the different documents and...

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EPS continues to roll-out in urgent care settings

Following last year’s successful pilot, NHS Digital is continuing to roll-out EPS to urgent care providers that use the Advanced Adastra prescribing system. Integrated urgent care providers include: NHS 111, GP out of hours, Clinical Assessment Services (CAS), Walk-in Centres, Minor Injuries Units and Urgent Care Centres. As patients can get their prescriptions dispensed from any...

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September 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amisulpride 100mg tablets 60 £9.95 Amisulpride 50mg tablets 60 £5.29 Mometasone 0.1% Cream 30g £2.71 Propranolol 10mg tablets 28 £2.84 Propranolol 40mg tablets 28 £2.86 Sodium Valproate 200mg/5ml oral solution SF 300ml £6.27...

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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.