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Electronic prescribing and medicines management comes to BSMHFT

Published: 16/12/2014


In the New Year we will be launching a new electronic prescribing and medicines administration system aimed at enhancing the accuracy, visibility and consistency when prescribing, dispensing or administering medication.

Our current paper based system will be gradually replaced with the new electronic system, supporting clinicians to be better informed and able to manage medicines more effectively and efficiently. Service users will also benefit from an improved service, as over time an electronic record of their past medications will build up.  This will minimise the risk of them receiving a previously ineffective medicines or those they cannot tolerate due to side effects.

These systems will have a substantial impact on medicines management processes within wards, teams and within pharmacy.  There will be significant business transformation associated with prescribing practice, medicines administration and pharmacy supply.  The system is also likely to have an impact on the overall use of medicines and reduce waste of medicines.  There will be decision support thus facilitate clinicians making better prescribing decisions.  This system also facilitates prescribing and administration of medicines in line with mental health act consent to treatment paperwork, better medicines audits and enables us to identify more easily potential patients for research and innovation projects.

Ascribe Ltd has been awarded the contract to develop these systems, which will work in conjunction with our patient information system.  Ascribe will be an integral member of the project team installation, configuration and implementation of both systems.  Ascribe will also assist with our business transformation and training of staff. 

“We are looking forward to working with Ascribe Ltd to support the roll-out of our electronic pharmacy and medicines management system” comments Nigel Barnes, Director of Pharmacy, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. “The introduction of ePMA will improve the accuracy and consistency of prescribing, improve the administration of medicines as well as general medicines management throughout the Trust, ultimately improving the quality of service we provide to patients through increasing patient safety and clinical effectiveness”.

James Reed, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust commented: “This project will deliver clear benefits for patients in terms of safety and quality of practice. It will help all of our clinical staff to deliver the best care possible through reducing opportunities for errors and allowing easy access to information which until now has been tied up in paper records. This development forms an important step on our journey towards a paperless health record.”