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Electronic Prescription Service - next generation

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) will be enhanced and aligned to national interoperability standards and made available for use by all care settings, with increasing adoption across secondary care. This will improve the patient experience and reduce the burden on staff.

We are working with NHSX on a discovery project using a primary care system to support outpatient prescribing. The project involves a small, mixed cohort of primary and secondary care organisations (acute, community and mental health).

What we learned from this project is informing the development of EPS for secondary care. We will work with a number of system suppliers to enable EPS to be embedded into secondary care for outpatient prescribing to community pharmacy and homecare prescriptions.

Help improve the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

NHS Digital would like to talk to prescribers and dispensers across different care settings about their experience of using EPS, including any challenges. User feedback is essential to help inform future improvements and the next generation of the system.

If you can spare some time to take part and provide your views, please sign up.

What is EPS?

EPS allows prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser of the patient's choice (such as a pharmacy). This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff. EPS is already widely used in primary care across GP practices, urgent care and community prescribing setting, with community pharmacies and appliance contractor dispensers.

Why use EPS?

EPS has many benefits for patients and staff. 

Bringing many of the benefits already available and realised in primary care, to prescribers and patients, by enabling EPS to be used in other care settings.


Our delivery timeline

March 2021

The first phase of the EPS technical improvement will be completed with alignment to national interoperability standards to ensure the service is available to ePMA suppliers to enable adoption in secondary care.

March 2022

EPS technical improvement will conclude to support new and existing suppliers. The first ePMA suppliers will have been briefed and the adoption of EPS in secondary care will have commenced. Following user research, the first set of enhancements will be available to suppliers.

March 2023

The majority of ePMA suppliers will be in development along with additional new and existing suppliers. Following user research further enhancements, including patient facing changes, are available to suppliers.

March 2024

There will be increasing evidence of adoption across secondary care. Following user research, further enhancements will be available to suppliers. Existing suppliers will have been briefed on the new enhancements to enable deprecation of the legacy service to commence.

Further information

internal Enabling EPS for your service

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is now available within primary and community care settings where an EPS approved prescribing system is in use, and FP10S prescriptions are issued for dispensing by community pharmacies.

internal EPS for secondary care

EPS is being developed for use in secondary care, for outpatient prescriptions for community pharmacy and homecare prescribing.

Last edited: 6 May 2022 4:09 pm