Microtest has welcomed the announcement that NHS Digital has launched a toolkit of resources for prescribers and dispensers as part of a campaign to promote the utilisation of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD).

This is intended to support the strategy to convert up to 80% of repeat prescriptions to electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. This has the potential to save the NHS £90 million in non-cash releasing benefits and 2.7 million hours of GP and practice time per year and significantly reducing medicines wastage across the NHS.

The toolkit includes links to register for webinars and e-learning. The campaign includes a series of interactive live sessions with the option to download previously recorded material for prescribers and dispensers.

Chris Netherton, MD of Microtest, says:

“Microtest’s Open Evolution makes it fast and easy to use Electronic Repeat Dispensing and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with NHS Digital. At Microtest, we are dedicated to helping surgeries use technology so they can streamline their processes and improve patient care. This latest initiative by NHS Digital is another significant step on this journey.”

More information can be found at the following links.

System specific prescriber eLearning – https://learning.necsu.nhs.uk/nhs-digital-electronic-repeat-dispensing-elearning/.

Online toolkit for use by prescribers, dispensers and Clinical Commissioning Groups – https://www.digital.nhs.uk/article/913/Electronic-repeat-dispensing-for-prescribers.

Registration for the webinars can be made at – https://digitising-medicines.online-event.co/registration/nhs-digital-4.

Stephen O’Reilly, Senior Project Manager at NHS Digital, adds:

“Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) is an integral part of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which offers many extra benefits over paper repeat dispensing and repeat prescribing. eRD allows regular medicines to be prescribed for suitable patients in batches of up to a year and stores the prescriptions securely on the spine. NHS Digital looks forward to working with Microtest ongoing to ensure the eRD prescribing process is as simple as possible and is the main mechanism for repeat prescribing in the future”

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