Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP)

Improving medication safety and communication with EMOP

Eastern AHSN has initiated and supported the Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP) programme for pharmacy providers in the east of England. The programme uses PharmOutcomes software to make electronic prescribing around care discharges to the community faster, more accurate and more efficient for health professionals and patients.

Recent research estimates that up to 1 in 5 prescriptions ends in the wrong drug being given to a patient, equivalent to 237 million errors a year. The AHSN Network is improving medication safety through innovation across the country. Our EMOP programme is part of a national drive to reduce patient safety incidents caused by medication communication issues when care is discharged from hospital. Eastern AHSN is working in partnership with NHS trusts, Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPC), and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) within East Anglia to roll out the EMOP programme.

EMOP referrals from West Suffolk Hospital started from July 16th 2018 and Ipswich Hospital from March 4th 2019 out to community pharmacies.

EAHSN resources

Click here to view a video guide outlining key aspects of PharmOutcomes and further information on improving medication safety and communication.

Click here to view step-by-step films and guidance to referrals from Hospital to community pharmacy.

EMOP Poster for community pharmacies

LPC Resources

Suffolk LPC will be contacting contractors where it appears that referrals have been sent but not accessed. This is to ensure you have all the support you need to help you complete this work. If you require any support with this service, please contact us on info@suffolklpc.org.uk