NHS e-Referral service (e-RS)
From October 2018 practices will use e-RS for all GP practice referrals to 1st consultant led OP appointments (where the system is operational)
Electronic prescription service (EPS)
EPS Phase 4 will start to implement from October 2018 (limited practices, voluntary basis) - all appropriate prescriptions will be electronic with no patient opt-out, where there is a nominated pharmacy there will be no paperwork, where there is no nomination pharmacy, the patient will be given a token to take to the pharmacy to match the electronic prescription.
Patient access to online services
All practices are to aim for a non-contractual target of 30% of their registered patients to be using 1 or more online services by 31st March 2019.
Reimbursement for locum cover for parental leave & sickness absence has been simplified. From 1st April 2018 the SFE will be amended such that if a contractor chooses to employ a salaried GP on a fixed-term contract, NHS England will reimburse the cost of cover to the same level as cover provided by a locum, or a performer or partner already employed/engaged by the contractor.