Phase 4 of EPS allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically, making EPS the default method for prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of prescriptions in primary care in England.
NHS Digital piloted Phase 4 at GP practices and dispensers across England from November 2018, and the national roll-out started in November 2019.
To help you prepare for winter, we are accelerating deployment of EPS Phase 4. It will be enabled automatically for all TPP SystmOne and EMIS Web practices that use EPS (including dispensing practices) from 7 September 2020.
To ensure a smooth transition, it’s recommended that practices enable Phase 4 before this date. This will give teams more time to access support from their CCG EPS lead if necessary. Practices can contact their CCG to arrange a go-live date. For most practices, the move requires minimal action, but teams should consult the support materials and readiness checklist on the Information for GP practices page.