Below you'll find an overview of the various NHS IT projects which will support and impact on the national community pharmacy contract. For more information or to discuss the involvement of pharmacy in any of the projects mentioned, please email: IT@psnc.org.uk or contact PSNC's main office (0844 381 4180 or 0203 1220 810).
Please note that the National Programme for IT is relevant only in England. Guidance on the Welsh IM&T programme can be found on the Community Pharmacy Wales Website.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Click on the link below for more information on the electronic transmission of prescriptions:
Quick Link: New Contract Funding: ETP Allowances
Electronic Health Records
Key commitments set out in the Department of Health Information Strategy - The Power of Information - include providing all NHS patients with secure online access, where they wish it, to their personal GP records by 2015 and enabling an infrastructure to support patients to share electronic copies of their records with people and organisations of their choice who can help in understanding and managing their health and care. The electronic health record's section of the site summarises current government policy on electronic health records and provides an overview of the Summary Care Record programme.
NHS Choices: Pharmacy Profiles and Patient Feedback
Pharmacy contractors can now take ownership of their pharmacy profiles on NHS Choices and edit information such as opening hours, services offered and car parking arrangements. In September 2011, functionality was enabled on the site to allow visitors to leave feedback about their experience visiting a particular pharmacy:
Pharmacy System Suppliers
Click on the link below for the contact details of community pharmacy PMR suppliers operating in England:
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