Electronic Prescription Service Release 2 – EPS R2

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables prescribers – such as GPs and practice nurses – to send prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of the patient’s choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and pharmacy staff.

This section of our website explains more about EPS – and how you can reap the full benefit in your pharmacy. This briefing (Apr 2018) includes tools, tips and techniques to help you get the most from EPS.

EPS guide & top tips

Our guide (updated June 2018) explains the latest tools to help you get the most from EPS in your pharmacy.

EPSR2 – Pharmacy Checklist and supporting documents

EPS Business Continuity – PSNC guide (Dec 2016)

EPS Update from CPGM

HSCIC Nomination Policy Information

EPS Office & Senior PMO contact details

FINAL Appendix 10 EPS R2 Nomination Patient Consent Request Form

FINAL Community Pharmacy EPS R2 Checklist January 2015

FINAL VERSION EPS R2 Issues and Concerns Process December 2014

GM LPCs EPS Issues and Concerns Record Log

GM RA Contact List December 2018

HSCIC alert form

HSCIC EPS Prescription Tracker Guidance

HSCIC Patient Information leaflet

PSNC Essential-EPSR2-checklist

Delayed EPS Prescription Process Simple flowchart

Prescription Direction Materials

EPS2 go live dates – update 12/05/2017

DR Chiu Practice (P84611) and Dr Ngan (P840005) from Central Manchester CCG both go love with EPS2 on 28th and 29th June respectively. This brings Manchester to 100% EPS2.

borchardt Medical Centre (P84010) has additional training on 21st June to enable the staff on site to use the EPS2 functionality

Useful web links to EPS2 information:

Contacts for EPS implementation and business change meeting dates:

EPS tracker guide

This EPS tracker guide is a really useful resource.


Getting a smartcard

Contact the Registration Authority with any queries or requests for smartcards:

Roy Blair, Registration Authority Area Manager for Greater Manchester – royblair@nhs.net and 0161 290 4966 / 07887210625

Community Pharmacy Smartcard roll-out in support of EPS R2 and Business Continuity Plans for out-of-hours smartcard unlocking.Out-of-hours smartcard unlocking


EPS/Common dispensing error webinars for CPD

The following business webinars can be viewed on the NPA website:

EPS – 47 mins:


Common dispensing errors – 57 mins:


Both these webinars are available for Contractors to view and do not require a User ID.

Both webinars count towards CPD.