Get more involved with IT
Get more involved with IT
PSNC works with the other national pharmacy bodies and NHS Digital to support pharmacy contractors to make the best use of current and future pharmacy technologies to maximise patient benefit. Contractors and their teams that want to help improve community pharmacy IT can engage in the following ways:
Share your IT best practice
Learn more about IT and how to code
If you want to get involved in coding IT systems, the Code4health initiative may provide opportunities to learn more about this aspect of IT.
Attend an IT event
2017-2018 events which will include a focus on healthcare IT have included and will include:
- May 3rd-4th, 2017: e-Health Week, London
- May 12th-13th, 2017: Clinical Pharmacy Congress, London
- July 11th-12th, 2017: King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress, London
- July 13th, 2017: CIO and CCIO Summer School, Leeds
- September 11th-12th, 2017: NHS Innovation Expo, Manchester
- September 12th, 2017: Community Pharmacy IT Group (quarterly meeting), London
- September 27th, 2017: Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology (HETT) / UK Health Show, London
- October 8th-9th, 2017: Pharmacy Show, Birmingham
- October 12th, 2017: Pharmacy Digital Forum (quarterly meeting), London
- October 31st-November 1st, 2017: ehi LIVE, Birmingham
- December 5th, 2018: Community Pharmacy IT Group (quarterly meeting)
- January 18th, 2018: Pharmacy Digital Forum, London (quarterly meeting)
- March 6th, 2018: Community Pharmacy IT Group (quarterly meeting)
- May 15th-16th, 2018: e-Health Week, London
- April 19th, 2018: Pharmacy Digital Forum, London (quarterly meeting)
- April 27th-28th, 2018: Clinical Pharmacy Congress, London
- June 5th, 2018: Community Pharmacy IT Group (quarterly meeting)
- July 5th, 2018: Pharmacy Digital Forum, London (quarterly meeting)
- Summer, 2018: King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress, London tbc
- September 4th, 2018 Community Pharmacy IT Group (quarterly meeting)
- October 7th-8th, 2018: Pharmacy Show, Birmingham
- October 11th, 2018: Pharmacy Digital Forum, London (quarterly meeting)
- October 30th-31st, 2018: ehi LIVE, Birmingham
(One-off and annual events are bolded).
If you would like to showcase how your pharmacy is making great use of IT, then you may wish to speak at an event. NHS Digital are seeking volunteers for the Pharmacy Show in October 2017.
To have an event added here, please email your request to PSNC.
Discuss IT with colleagues
Consider use of social media to discuss community pharmacy IT matters. PSNC has a Guide to pharmacy social media use.
During 2017 NHS Digital, PSNC and the other national pharmacy bodies will be exploring further opportunities for community pharmacy team members to be able to discuss digital issues online.
Provide feedback, respond to consultations and take part in other ways
Feedback / take part
PSNC would like feedback from contractors and their teams on all aspects of pharmacy IT, including:
- Information Governance training tool – how could NHS Digital’s interim training materials be improved?
- Digital reimbursement solutions – give us your feedback on how this could be improved, including use of an electronic FP34C and electronic ‘referred backs’ from the Pricing Authority.
Contractors may also feed back ideas about their PMR systems to their system suppliers: Making your EPS system work for you.
Volunteer to be a digital pioneer
- If you are a pharmacy contractor who would like to test new pharmacy IT developments then please enter your details onto our IT feedback form.
- If you are interested in improving internet connectivity, consider registering interest to join the virtual Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) pharmacy volunteer group. The HSCN is the new network which will replace N3. The volunteer group will have the opportunity to provide input into development of the HSCN.
- Feed your views into the Community Pharmacy IT Group. PSNC sits on this group alongside other pharmacy bodies. Use the IT feedback form.
- Express interest with becoming a cybersecurity pilot.
Surveys you can participate in
PSNC, NHS Digital, and others plan to publish a short series of IT surveys in the coming months; the first survey focused on EPS enhancement preferences (psnc.org.uk/itsurvey).