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PSNC Appeal in the Judicial Review case: contractor summary

Over the last two days, 22nd and 23rd May 2018, PSNC has been in the Royal Courts of Justice appealing Mr Justice Collin's Judgment in the Judicial Review case relating to the funding reductions and changes imposed on community pharmacies. The Appeal was heard by three Court of Appeal Judges – Lord Justice Irwin, Lord...

6 hours ago

MHRA Drug Safety Update – May 2018

Date Issued: 24th May 2018 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (Vol 11, Issue 10, March 2018) has been published and includes articles on: Valproate medicines (Epilim▼, Depakote▼): Pregnancy Prevention Programme materials online ; Braltus (tiotropium): risk of inhalation of capsule if placed in the mouthpiece of the inhaler;...

7 hours ago

GDPR update: Notifying the ICO about DPOs

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect tomorrow (25th May 2018), but PSNC has received reports that community pharmacy contractors have been finding it difficult to get through to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via its helpline and that the ICO website is also unavailable. As stated in the Community Pharmacy...

10 hours ago

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.