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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)
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.
secondary care hospital prescribing, including
outpatient prescribing with FP10HP prescriptions
inpatient mental health care
in house secondary care prescribing
We have recently been working 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 a new FHIR API-based service to support the strategic direction for use of EPS in secondary care.
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.