Electronic Prescriptions: EPS – Updated 26th July 2016

EPS Release 2 Roll-Out

Roll-out of EPS Release 2 is now active across South Staffordshire – South-East Staffordshire & Seisdon CCG have been the leaders in this, and Nikki Chapman who previously lead for the CCG on EPS produced the following document which is a great pocket guide to the process and supporting resources:

EPS2 Info for Community Pharmacy

The EPS Implementation team have identified some key issues which can help to ensure pharmacy contractors are prepared for go-live and ensure the best service ongoing – please download from this link:

EPS R2 Update for LPC June 2015 – LW v2 Final

Although the number of practices now live with EPS R2 across our area has continued to expand, there are currently no further practices in any of our four CCG areas that have an agreed go-live date, although one in East Staffs is awaiting approval.

Further updates on practice go-live dates  for all CCG areas will be listed here as soon as we have them so keep your eye on this website for more information…

EPS Business Change Meetings

PSNC and HSCIC have produced a factsheet on EPS Business Change meetings – this and further resources on migration to EPSR2 can be found HERE.


Access to Electronic Prescriptions and other functions (such as patient nominations) under EPS R2 can only be effected with an RA01 Smartcard

All members of the pharmacy team who will download EPS R2 prescriptions as part of their role MUST have their own RA01 Smartcard – it is PROHIBITED under the terms of issue to use another person’s Smartcard or allow such use of your own Smartcard in order to access EPS R2 prescriptions or any other process.

EPSR2 Smartcard Guidance for Contractors Sept 2014

The Midlands & Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit have produced new guidance for the ordering and/or management of Smartcards:


For further support on EPS, please see the PSNC and HSCIC websites; HSCIC have regular contractor newsletters which you can sign up for by clicking HERE.