2014 Report details for project: Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Release 2

Project name: Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Release 2 - there are 5 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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Organisation: DOH (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: The Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions (ETP) Programme is delivering the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), which is a national service, and the aim is for this to operate in all GP practices and pharmacies in England. With 1.6 million paper prescriptions generated every working day in England and a predicted annual rise of 5 per cent, the EPS provides an alternative means of generating and processing the growing number of prescriptions. The NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables prescribers, such as GPs and practice nurses, to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a community pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor) of the patient’s choice. Dispensing contractors can subsequently send electronic reimbursement endorsement claims to the NHS Prescription Service. The main aims of the ETP programme are: o To enable the electronic transmission of prescription data in England between: - Prescribers (GP, nurses, supplementary) - Dispensing contractors (community pharmacy, dispensing doctors and dispensing appliance contractors) - The NHS Care Record Service - Reimbursement Agencies (e.g. the Business Services Authority’s NHS Prescription Services) o To facilitate the efficient, convenient and accurate dispensing of medication to patients. The scope of the programme covers all primary care prescribing and dispensing (excluding Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs) and supply of medicines, drugs, appliances and chemical reagents by authorised dispensing contractors. Secondary care prescriptions issued for dispensing in the community are also within scope o To enable the NHS Prescription Service to re-engineer their processes to increase capacity and reduce the unit cost of processing prescriptions.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: A Combined Gateway 5 / Assurance of Action Plan (AAP) (based on the Gate 0 of Nov 2012) was held in Jan 2014 at which the previous review's actions were revisited. The key outstanding actions related to confirming funding for the project from April 2014, undertaking a forensic review of the business case, confirming whether a new business case was required and confirming how changes to scope would be handled in future. The responsible Programme Director has confirmed that funding is in place. Outstanding actions are being tracked to closure providing the SRO with assurance of progress. The next assurance review is scheduled for July 2014.
Start date: 2003-11-28
End date: 2014-03-31
Schedule text: The target of achieving 20% GP Practice deployment was missed by 4 months (complete 21 Feb 2014). A change to engagement and funding was made in November 2013 which helped to accelerate GP practice deployment. If all planned go lives take place, GP practice deployment will reach 24% by the end of March 2014, just missing the 25% target. 90% deployment for dispensing contractors was achieved on 11 Nov 2013. The original milestone of 100% deployment for dispensing contractors was downgraded to 96% by end March 2014, taking into account the reality that every possible service recipient will not be taking up the functionality. It is currently anticipated this will be narrowly missed (95.35% forecast).
Baseline: £5.86m
Forecast: £5.80m
Variance: -1.02%
Variance text: Not applicable. Variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £36.38m
WLCost text: No change to budgeted Whole Life Costs.
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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