June newsletter 2021

Everyone deserves to live proudly, openly and without judgement. Throughout June we've been celebrating Pride Month - championing our diverse workforce and raising awareness of important health topics within the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride 2021

For decades, June has been a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and history, reflect on what needs to change and come together to make it happen. As Pride Month draws to a close, we’re taking a closer look at health inequality in the LGBTQ+ community and what’s being done to tackle it. Read the full article here

There's lots of great information for both clinicians and patients on Patient.info, here are just a few articles that we've highlighted for you to check out this Pride month:

Going for gold

For the second year running our Group Training team have achieved a gold accreditation with the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). Recognised for their high-quality and industry-standard learning services, this marks the teams 16th consecutive year of accreditation. Commended for their diverse digital learning offer, you can register for their live training events here, under the 'upcoming live events' section.

Delivering care closer to home

The Five Year Forward View outlined the need for healthcare to increasingly be delivered closer to home and out of acute hospitals. This approach provides patients with a better experience, minimising pressure on hospital beds and reducing costs. To achieve this healthcare providers need access to the tools and information that allow them to deliver safe and effective care from anywhere and this is where technology can have a real impact. Find out how we can help you deliver care closer to home.  

Upcoming events

Join us at our upcoming virtual events, click on the links below for more info and to register. 

Feedback on proposed MHRA initiative: Yellow Card Biobank on Genetics of Adverse Drug Reactions

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are pleased to invite you to register for an online GP workshop, to hear your views on a proposed new initiative: to create a biobank, using Yellow Card reports, to enable investigation on the role of genetics in the development of adverse drug or vaccine reactions. 

Tuesday 6 July 14:00 - 15:30

Bringing consent into the 21st century: Empowering patients & streamlining processes

In a webinar hosted by BOB.health and sponsored by Concentric, hear how digital leaders have introduced a digital consent to treatment application into their organisations. Patient consent to treatment remains a paper process across much of the country - often using carbon-copy blank forms. Austin Gibbs, Cardiologist, and Angela Hall, Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist - both from Jersey General Hospital - share their accounts of rolling out an innovative digital consent application in their organisation.

Wednesday 14 July 12:30 - 13:30 

PharmOutcomes Direct - CPCS moves to provider pays

As Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) moves to provider pays, join us as we update pharmacy teams with information on the PharmOutcomes offer and how the team at Pinnacle can support community pharmacies after September 2021.

Wednesday 14 July 19:30 - 20:30

Research reveals COVID effects on ethnic minority children

Recent QResearch data shows ethnic minority children in England are more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white children. Data for the analysis was obtained from the QResearch database of anonymised health records from 1,300 GP practices across England and linked to COVID-19 test results and hospital admissions data.

Thank you to all the GP practices sharing their data for research and aiding global public health strategies. Read the full article here

Hospital Medicines Management User Group

The Hospital Medicines Management User Group has been added as a new forum to the EMIS Now Community page.

Are you a Hospital Pharmacy or Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (ePMA) customer? Want to know how others are using their EMIS Hospital Medicines Management System, or have information to share? This is the place for you. All you will need is an EMIS Now account in order to access the forum and start posting. If you don’t have an EMIS Now account, you can register here.

Virtual implementation enables Harpenden practice to switch to EMIS Web in the midst of the pandemic

Making the decision to switch your IT systems supplier always comes with some trepidation. But for The Elms Medical Practice in Harpenden, their switch to EMIS Web had the added pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak, along with the first national UK lockdown. Take a look at how they got on

Register now to use Real Time Exemption Checking (RTEC)

Real Time Exemption Checking (RTEC) allows pharmacy teams to digitally check if their patients are eligible for free NHS prescriptions because they hold specific exemptions. Pharmacies already using RTEC report that as well as saving staff time, it reduces the use of paper.

Contractors whose supplier has enabled them for RTEC, and who have already signed the terms and conditions, can now start using RTEC. Pharmacy multiples can submit a bulk declaration for multiple pharmacies if they wish.

To register follow the registration guide, read and confirm acceptance of the RTEC user agreement.

Product updates

Primary care

EMIS Web

  • We've streamlined the process for viewing a patient’s Shared Care Record in EMIS Web. Subject to patient consent, the user interface now includes additional configuration to immediately view the next patient’s Shared Care Record.
  • Release 9.13 now highlights QOF items with an icon in the code browser. This helps users maximise their QOF achievement.
  • We're making continual enhancements to improve the performance of EPS, enabling to clinicians to process EPS items faster, optimise their resources and render significant time savings.

For more detail on these enhancements and others, please see EMIS Now.

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