PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are conducting an independent assessment of the costs, systems and usage of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in community pharmacies. This work is being undertaken on behalf of HSCIC, along with PSNC, NHS England and NHS Employers.
A new year calls for a fresh focus on developing opportunities for community pharmacy across Hampshire & IOW. Community pharmacy funding and patient care are both under threat from recent Government proposals. Despite this, the Committee is eager to work with local commissioners to identify opportunities to enhance patient care and take forward the professional agenda for pharmacy contractors and their teams.
Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are running a series of training events for community pharmacies - please see details below:
To help dispensers to get the most out of EPS, free masterclass training is available for all staff working in community pharmacy and for dispensing appliance contractors (DACs). This includes counter staff, dispensing technicians, pharmacists and locums. If you are new to EPS or an experienced user, these masterclasses are essential.
UPDATE 3rd February 2016
A letter from Dr Keith Ridge, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer has now been released by the Department of Health along with a presentation which contains further information concerning the proposals first made in the open letter dated 17th December. The presentation also sets out the timetable of events.
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