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PSNC launches Value of Pharmacy Animation 

PSNC has launched a video animation showcasing the important work that community pharmacies do and explaining how, with sustainable funding and ongoing support from Government, their role could be developed further. The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how...

8 hours ago

Have you submitted your C-19 test distribution service weekly data?

Contractors who have signed up to provide the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service are reminded of the need to record the following information on the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by close of business on the pharmacy's last trading day of the week:  Test kits received from wholesalers When contractors receive...

12 hours ago

NHSE&I confirm intention to delegate pharmacy commissioning to ICS

In a letter issued to the leads of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) this afternoon, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have confirmed their plans to delegate the responsibility for the commissioning of primary care services, including pharmaceutical services, to ICS. Read the NHSE&I letter This means that, subject to the will of Parliament, the activities...

1 day ago

Electronic Prescription Service 


The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables prescriptions to be sent electronically from the GP practice to the pharmacy and then on to the Pricing Authority for payment.

It has been deployed through two key releases. Release 1 (R1) in which the barcoded paper prescription form remains the legal prescription.

Release 2 which supports the transmission of electronic prescriptions; e-repeat dispensing (eRD); patient nomination of their selected pharmacy; GP cancellation of e-prescriptions; and the electronic submission of reimbursement claims to the Pricing Authority. Currently, prescriber’s can only issue an electronic NHS prescription where it is being sent electronically to a patient’s nominated pharmacy.


More information can be found on the links below:



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 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.



EPS4 Inappropriate Use 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has heard from several contractors regarding the impact when EPS4 is used by prescribers rather than using nomination (including one-off nomination), especially when the patient is not given details of the prescription barcode. 

If you are experiencing issues with the use of EPS4 you should consider: 

  • Speaking to the practice manager about the impact of EPS4 use.
  • Share the key messages for GP practices regarding EPS4 in the CPWY key messages document.
  • Let CPWY know that you are having issues by emailing info@cpwy.org.
  • If the issue is with an out-of-hour provider, contact CPWY who can help identify where best to raise the issue (keep details of the date, time and prescriber).
  • Consider comparing the use of EPS4 with other practices in the area using the EPS dashboard.
  • Read PSNC information on EPS4 rollout. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has raised EPS4 use with the CCGs and we have seen in CCG updates to GP practices reinforcing that whilst Phase 4 does not require patients to nominate a pharmacy, using EPS with a nomination is still the preferred and most efficient option.  We will continue to raise this matter with CCGs on your behalf.



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Last Updated: 24th February 2021