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21 PCTs to be added to the EPS Authorisation Directions

The Department of Health has confirmed that the following 21 PCTs will be listed in the EPS Authorisation Directions as those able to authorise their primary medical services contractors or any practice established by the PCT to use Release 2 of the Electronic Prescription Service, from 1 February 2013, following a three month notice period:

  • Bassetlaw PCT
  • Bath and North East Somerset PCT
  • Bedfordshire PCT
  • Buckinghamshire PCT
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT
  • Coventry Teaching PCT
  • Derby City PCT
  • Derbyshire County PCT
  • Ealing PCT
  • Hounslow PCT
  • Luton PCT
  • NHS Barnsley PCT
  • NHS Dudley PCT
  • NHS Milton Keynes PCT
  • NHS North Yorkshire & York PCT
  • NHS Portsmouth PCT
  • NHS Sefton PCT
  • NHS Warwickshire PCT
  • NHS Wirral PCT
  • Peterborough PCT
  • Sandwell PCT

This will bring the total number of authorised PCTs to 137 from 1 February 2013.

PSNC Comment

PCTs currently undertake a range of tasks that are critical to the safe and effective day-to-day operation of the Electronic Prescription Service including the distribution of smartcards and tokens to pharmacies, co-ordinating local communication and engagement and facilitating resolution of local problems that may arise. There is an urgent need for clarity on how this support will be provided following the NHS re-organisation with problems already being reported where PCT resources have diminished leading up to the change.

Whilst additional PCTs will be added to the EPS Secretary of State Directions in February 2013, decisions to deploy the service to GP Practices will, until the NHS re-organisation, continue to be made by PCTs, following local engagement. It is essential that LPCs are fully engaged in this decision making. PSNC has significant reservations about further roll-out of the service unless there is confidence in a particular area that there is a robust infrastructure in place to support pharmacies and others using the service leading up to and after the transition to new NHS structures.

More Information

EPS Authorisation Directions (the Directions can also be found in Part XVIIID of the Drug Tariff which will be updated in due course)

Guidance on the Deployment of EPS Release 2

EPS Release 2 Background Information

Posted 12 November 2012

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