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Enabling EPS for your service

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is currently available within primary and community care settings where an EPS approved prescribing system is in use, and FP10SS prescriptions are issued for dispensing by community pharmacies.

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is currently available within primary and community care settings. 

Services who would like to enable EPS must ensure they fall into one of the approved care settings, issuing  FP10SS prescriptions for dispensing by community, and have an approved prescribing system in place.  

Examples of primary and community care settings who can use EPS include:

  • GP practices
  • child health services
  • community physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, speech and language
  • community paediatric clinics, palliative care, mental health services
  • district nursing, intermediate care
  • specialist nursing services (for example, diabetes, heart failure, incontinence, tissue viability)
  • sexual health services
  • urgent treatment centres, clinical assessment services
  • extended access hubs, GP out of hours

EPS approved prescribing systems

These systems are approved for prescribing via EPS 

  • TPP - SystmOne
  • Emis - Emis Web
  • Microtest – Evolution (general practice only)
  • Vision – Vision (general practice only)
  • OneAdvanced – Adastra (urgent care only)
  • IC24 - Cleo (urgent care only)
  • Cleric – Respond 2 (urgent care only)

Care settings where EPS is not currently approved for use

EPS is not currently approved for use in the following settings, even if one of the above prescribing systems is used. 

  • dental prescribing 
  • secondary care inpatient prescribing
  • inpatient mental health care 
  • in house secondary care prescribing  

Development of EPS for secondary care

During 2020 we worked with NHSX on a discovery project using a primary care system to support outpatient prescribing, with a small cohort of mixed organisational types (acute, community and mental health). 

The learning from this short term project is informing the development of EPS for secondary care.  Work is already underway with a number of system suppliers on solutions to enable EPS for secondary care  for outpatient prescribing to community pharmacy and homecare prescriptions.

Trusts should refer prescribing system suppliers to information about the new FHIR API-based EPS service for further detail.

How to enable EPS for your service

Services who wish to enable EPS must ensure they fall within the scope as set out above, and follow the relevant guidance pages below. 

GP practices who have not yet enabled EPS

Guidance for primary care and community care settings using TPP or EMIS

Guidance for urgent care settings using Adastra, IC24, or Cleric

Last edited: 25 August 2021 2:19 pm