All acute trusts are expected to get “some money" from a new £260m e-prescribing fund, but will have to match the investment, NHS England says.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced last Friday that £260m would be made available for hospitals to increase their use of e-prescribing and electronic patient records.
NHS England put out a release announcing the fund yesterday and media enquiries are now being handled by NHS England.
An NHS England spokesperson confirmed to EHI that trusts would be expected to match any money they received.
Also, that the fund was planned on the basis of making “some money available to all trusts."
“Further details of how to apply for the fund will be made available shortly, but we do not want to exclude trusts that have already started work on this important agenda,” the spokesperson said.
“Local NHS providers will be able to choose the best systems for them as long as they can demonstrate that these will lead to better, safer care.
“All electronic patient records systems adopted must enable secure sharing of data and comply with NHS England’s requirement for modern, safe standards of record-keeping by 2014-15.”
The £260m in funding is part of the ‘department's 2010 spending review’ settlement.
“Not all capital funding is committed at the beginning of the year therefore capacity exists to fund investments such as this,” the spokesperson explained.
NHS England also confirmed that the fund was to support e-prescribing in the acute sector.
The DH statement released last week had described e-prescribing as: “computer generated prescriptions sent by doctors directly to pharmacies, linked to barcodes unique to each patient."
This caused some confusion as it seemed to describe the electronic prescription service used for sending prescriptions from GPs to pharmacies in the community.
However, NHS England said this meant computer generated prescriptions sent directly to pharmacies in hospitals.
“In no way does this fund replace the EPS [Electronic Prescriptions Service] system. Its focus is on the acute sector, complementing the work of the EPS programme which is primarily in the primary care sector,” a statement said.
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Lets think about thisHello 46 weeks ago
Mental Health needs are as great as acute trusts. I have worked in Mental Health for several years..............and I am now in the acute sector. Same problems in acute plus a few more on a grander scale! Does anyone else despair at what is happening in our NHS. Funding for this help with that. Lorenzo here and then not and then coming around again with funding. Lets STOP just throwing money at it and get a knowledgeable group of IM&T Specialists and IT Literate Clinicians to agree a realistic staged workable plan for all sectors. From wishfulthinker did you mean Humourus instead of Humerus as it would be laughable if not so tragic!!
Ministerial Ignorancewishfulthinker 46 weeks ago
What a pathetic attempt to cover up the Ministerial ignorance revealed by the innaccurate description of e-prescribing broadcast by the DH this week.
Clearly they do not know their sacroiliac from their humerus.
confusion caused by renamingdesperado 45 weeks ago
Originally the primary care scheme was accurately named Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP). Someone thought it would be a good idea to rename it confusingly to EPS, I never understood why, as it was an obvious error from the start.
e-Prescribing/ePMA NHS specificationehealthsolutions 46 weeks ago
This document might help acute Trusts get their business case together:
Useful tip: Concentrate on the level 1 specifications if you are new to e-prescribing/ePMA
Help for Business Case?wishfulthinker 46 weeks ago
I very much doubt that any document produced by the DH would be of any practical help to anybody. Besides which, we are quite capable of writing a business case for ourselves thank you very much. Some funding would be useful.
What about mental health?JamesReed 47 weeks ago
I may be worrying unnecessarily but I'm slightly peturbed by the reference to 'the acute sector'. I am hoping that this doesn't exclude mental health trusts from the scope of the fund.
We are embarking on a significant project to ultimately implement e-prescribing and administration across the whole organisation, including a large community service, various specialist services (addictions, secure hospitals, eating disorder etc).
I don't think that mental health services are any less deserving of this funding, especially given the central role that prescribing still plays to our work. Mental health services do sometimes get overlooked in the midst of these big debates, but we have just as great a need as anyone else.
What about mental health?StuartC 46 weeks ago
NHS SBS are embarking on a project to standardise all procurement/frameworks for Clinical Information/EPR Systems across all sectors.
You are right mental health services aren't any less deserving of this funding.