1. Changes to support primary care network
GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Release 13.3 introduced a change so that the ODS codes for PCN organisations are recognised by e-RS.
In order for users to be able to login into e-RS within PCNs, they will require appropriate business roles allocated by the local registration authorities
Once set up to use e-RS, referrers will be able to seek advice and/or refer patients from any PCN which their chosen authentication method (for example, smartcard, secure key, windows hello) is associated to.
If you’re considering using e-RS, please review the responsibilities for referrer PCN’s.
2. Not delivered - date to be confirmed. Changes to allow providers to redirect booked accepted referrals - DNAs
Further to the change introduced in June 2023, which allowed providers to redirect an accepted referral without the need to cancel the referral and manage it outside the e-RS, this will allow the action to also be taken on referrals where patients did not attend (DNA) their appointment