This programme has now closed but you may find the below resources useful. Please note the information on this webpage was correct at the time of publication.
Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) enables GPs to authorise up to a year’s worth of repeat medication for patients whose repeat medicines are relatively stable. Community pharmacists can then carry out a number of checks and dispense the medicines at regular intervals, usually monthly.
electronic Repeat Dispensing resources – launched December 2021
Our Medicines team have compiled a handy online pack of electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) resources to help practices and community pharmacists implement eRD.
Access our eRD resources.
NHS BSA data reports
The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) provide a series of reports using EPACT2 data to help GP practices understand how EPS and eRD are utilised to manage repeat prescribing. These include:
eRD practice report
- The latest eRD and EPS figures for your practice, using the most recent data the NHS BSA hold.
- Current use of EPS and eRD in your practice, compared to other practices in your CCG;
- Trends in eRD prescribing for your practice, CCG and nationally over the last 24 months
- Once requested, this report will be automatically sent on monthly basis.
eRD drop off report and patient codes
The NHS Business Services Authority now produces a handy eRD drop-off report. The report helps to ensure appropriate patients remain on the eRD system, and supports pharmacy teams to maximise time saving benefits such as reducing script reauthorisation workload.
The following codes may assist with identifying these patients:
- CTV3 code: XaKRX.
- SNOMED CT code: 416224003.
- V2 code: 9Nd3.
eRD GP data request
- This report also shows the current levels of EPS and eRD utilisation for each practice and how many GP practices have requested NHS numbers from the NHS BSA.
77% of all prescription items are repeat prescriptions. eRD, where deployed successfully, can free up significant GP capacity and enable community pharmacy to manage the medicines supply chain.
The system-wide benefits of eRD are:
- A simplified, secure, reliable service for GP practices, pharmacies and patients.
- Reduces workload for prescribers allowing better prioritisation of resources.
- Supports social distancing by reducing footfall to the GP practice to order repeat prescriptions.
- Controlled management of the supply chain, reducing the number of temporarily unavailable medicines.
- Improves the data captured from prescriptions, to enable better reporting and improved medicines optimisation.
If you need any support with eRD, please email email@example.com.
The West of England AHSN worked in partnership with South West AHSN to deliver the following webinars:
Webinar one (25 June 2020): The benefits of eRD based on experience from GP and CCG colleagues:
View slides here: SW and West of England AHSN eRD Webinar part 1
Webinar two (2 July 2020): using eRD to drive effective care planning:
View slides here: SW and West of England AHSN eRD Webinar part 2
Webinar three (8 July 2020): eRD, system collaboration and eRD care homes:
View slides here: SW and West of England AHSN eRD Webinar part 3
Our fourth webinar (The benefits of eRD based on experience from GP and CCG colleagues) was a repeat of the topics covered in the first webinar.
Webinar five: (23 July 2020): eRD and community pharmacy. Recording unavailable. Please see the slides here: WM, SW and West of England AHSN eRD Webinar part 5- SLIDES
Get in touch
For more information, please contact Senior Project Manager, Christopher Learoyd.
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