EPS, Smartcards and SCR

Electronic Prescriptions – 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

Electronic Repeat dispensing (eRD)

Following the roll-out of eRD to 21 “Beacon” practices across Stoke and Staffordshire the project team at Midlands and Lancashire CSU have developed an EPS & eRD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document – please download via the link below:

EPS FAQs:    Electronic Prescriptions – notes to pharmacy v1.2

ERD Support Guide:   Community Pharmacy Support Guidance v2.1 October 2018


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.

PSNC have published lots of helpful information on Smartcards here

To access SCR you will need to get your smart card updated, more information is available on PSNC here.  Please be aware that the SCR access can be added remotely.  Please contact the service desk (details below) for advice on how to proceed with the update.

Smartcard Authority for our area is NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU

West Midlands

Contact details
0121 411 0411

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.