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Find out about NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) releases.

Release 11.8 - Friday 10 June 2022

1. Introduction of technical enablers 

This release includes technical enablers for future developments and system background changes to support the running of the NHS e-Referral Service.

The technical changes will have no impact to users.

Important information about Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and Microsoft Edge in Compatibility Mode

Please continue to review the supporting information regarding the Microsoft withdrawal of IE11, starting 15  June 2022, and the essential guidance for local IT Teams on the use of e-RS with Microsoft Edge in Compatibility Mode.

Release 11.7 - Friday 6 May 2022

1. New configuration check page

A new NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) configuration check page was introduced in this release. This will be displayed when users, accessing e-RS, do not have the correct configuration set up.

Guidance is available to support local IT teams to interpret information provided by the check page and how to troubleshoot any problems.

Users currently accessing e-RS with the correct configuration will not be impacted by this change.

Release 11.6 - Friday 8 April 2022

1. New specialty and clinic types

A new specialty of ‘Gender Identity Services’ with the following clinic types was introduced in this release.

  • Gender Identity
  • Post-Surgical Issues

2. Referrer Application Programming Interface (API) to manage e-RS worklists

New referrer APIs have been enabled to allow integrated systems to manage e-RS worklists and associated referrals. This does not include the advice and guidance worklist which is a separate development.

3. Important information about Internet Explorer

The current smartcard authentication method over HSCN has been amended to permit the use of the Credential Management Application. This will reduce the dependency of authentication on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and allow the use of Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to access e-RS. Support for IE11 is to be withdrawn by Microsoft in June 2022 and after this point users of e-RS will not be able to access the service using IE11. This change to e-RS will ensure continuity of service to the end users.

Please review the supporting information regarding the IE11 changes and how this impacts e-RS users.

4. Increase to security and infrastructure

Ongoing updates to the e-RS security perimeter are taking place to ensure that e-RS remains current and secure.

Last edited: 26 May 2022 1:37 pm