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Training environment

The NHS e-Referral programme provides a training environment for end users. This mirror live e-RS and allow training on a life-like system, without the risk of accessing or altering real data.

Who should use the environment

Any user who has knowledge of e-RS can use the environment. This means:

  • users who are familiar with, and had training on, the e-RS system
  • trainers and training teams 

Using the environment

To use the training environment, you will need:

  • internet access (the environment is supported on Internet Explorer 11, Chrome and Firefox)
  • a username and password
  • to set up your own data - referrals for example

Key points to note for the training environment are that:

  • users will require an internet connection
  • local IT support maybe required to allow access through local firewall
  • this environment is connected to an artificial Patient Administration System (PAS) to allow the booking process to be simulated
  • prepopulated services are available within the environment for any users to refer into
  • users can create their own services
  • users will be required to create specific referral data
  • all users will have access to all services and data created within the environment
  • access to the environment can take between 1-2 days
  • this environment is usually updated to reflect the live functionality 1-2 days after each update of the live e-RS
  • any data created in the environment (services and referrals) will be removed after each update
  • generic accounts cannot be created for training teams

To register for access to the training environment contact ereferralstraining@nhs.net. Requests are acknowledged within one working day. Users will be asked to confirm their current level of e-RS knowledge, agree to the environment terms of use as well as a privacy statement. This information is required before a username and password can be provided.

Testing environment

Contact platforms.supportdesk@nhs.net if you need an environment for testing purposes.

Last edited: 22 January 2020 8:47 am