50% of NHS hospital trusts could be using EPS by 2026

NHS England will collaborate with “a number of system suppliers” to increase the number of trusts using electronic prescription service (EPS) over the next
few years.

Nishali Patel, clinical lead for digital medicines at NHS England, announced it during the Clinical Pharmacy Congress, held at the Excel, London, on Friday, 10 May
2024.

According to Nishali, at least half of all NHS secondary care trusts could be using EPS by 2026.

This digital service allows prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a patient-nominated pharmacy. It is widely used in primary care, where over 95
per cent of prescriptions are now electronically generated. NHS recently extended the service to secondary care settings.