hscic are driving Electronic Prescribing and this page is the GP page on their website
Electronic Precribing Release 2 is currently being deployed throughout the nation.
EPS Release 2 allows prescribers working in primary care settings to generate and transmit electronic prescriptions using their computer system.
The electronic prescription is sent to the Electronic Prescription Service, where it can then be downloaded by a dispenser who has also upgraded their computer system to use EPS.
Patients have the option to choose, or 'nominate' a dispensing contractor to receive their electronic prescription automatically without the need for any paper.
Release 2 will reduce the workload generated by patients collecting individual prescriptions and will make it easier to use repeat dispensing (which could also reduce the workload generated by patients frequently requesting repeat prescriptions).
Prescribers will be able to sign prescriptions electronically, making the prescribing process much more efficient.
Prescribers will have the ability to cancel electronic prescriptions at any point up until they are dispensed and record the reason why they were cancelled. Also, prescriptions for nominated dispensing contractors will no longer need to be sent by post in situations where this was previously necessary.