electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices (ePFIP).

Quick Start Guide for electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices

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Folders
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Practice Detailed Prescribing Information (PDPI)
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Prescribing Analysis Report (PAR)
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Prescribing Monitoring Document (PMD)
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Prescribing Review
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ePFIP User Administration
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Toolbar

The following guide is a quick start set of instructions on how to access the service and a high level overview of what you will find when you get there. A full Help facility is available within the service.

The login screen requires you to enter the User ID and Password which have been supplied to you:



The electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices (ePFIP) Home Page will then be presented to you. This has a series of Folders in which your reports are stored.

If you are the 'master user' for your practice, i.e. you are the person that completed and signed the ePFIP Registration Form, you will have access to the ePFIP User Administration facility that allows you to create, amend and delete other users for your practice. If you are not set up as your practices' master user you will not be able to see the ePFIP User Administration facility.


NB: The first time you access the system you will need to change your password from the one supplied to you by the PPD Helpdesk using the <Change Details> screen.

Users that have been created by the practice master user via the ePFIP User Administration facility will have to accept the system's Terms and Conditions and change their password the first time they access the system. They will not be able to access the practice reports until they have done this via the ePFIP User Registration facility.


From the Menu (left hand side) click on:

  • Change Details
    You should complete the required password details on this screen and save your changes. The system will then return you automatically to the ePFIP Home Page.

There are other options from the Menu, click on:

  • Documents to display the list of the Folders that are relevant to you.

  • Links to display a pre-defined list of useful links, allowing you to navigate directly to other websites.

  • Feedback Form to provide the PPD with feedback on the service.

  • Help to display detailed Help on Reports, Navigation and Search facilities etc.

  • Log Out to end your session and return to the PPD website.

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Folders

There is a folder for each of the reports to which you have access. The reports are updated either monthly or quarterly, can be viewed on-line, saved as PDF files or printed locally.

When you click on either the PAR, PMD, or Prescribing Review report, the screen will display a list of the periods the reports are available for, for example, PMD 2004-02, together with the date on which they were created.

With the PDPI report there are many possible combinations of report, and so instead of having pre-prepared reports, you create your own using a screen to tailor the report to your needs. Further information is available here.

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Practice Detailed Prescribing Information (PDPI)

Practice Detailed Prescribing Information provides a full inventory of the prescription items issued for the period of the report. It provides a breakdown for your practice by GP, Practice Nurse, and other practice prescribers. It includes all Chapters and Sections down to the level of quantity prescribed. Unlike the other reports in the ePFIP service a PDPI report is not stored, but produced on-demand according to a set of options chosen by a user.

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Prescribing Analysis Report (PAR)

The Prescribing Analysis Report is based on the old paper PACT Standard Report and contains an analysis of the prescribing which has taken place for the practice during the reporting period. It is produced automatically at both a monthly and quarterly level.

The report shows the total level of prescribing, a breakdown of prescribing in the 6 highest cost BNF Therapeutic Groups, the top 20 leading cost drugs in the practice and the top 40 BNF Sections by cost in the practice.

The practice prescribing is also compared with last year's level and with the PCT and National levels.

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Prescribing Monitoring Document (PMD)

The Prescribing Monitoring Document provides financial information about prescribing costs against budgets. It shows the cost of prescribing, to enable prescribers to manage the drugs element of their unified budgets.

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Prescribing Review

Each quarter the PPD produces an article discussing national guidance, recent clinical trials and prescribing trends for a specific area of prescribing. These articles are available on the PPD website at:
http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/945.aspx

The Prescribing Review is a one page report which shows the prescribing performance of the practice for the specific drug groupings that are the subject of each quarter's article. The practice prescribing costs and items are also shown in comparison with the local PCT equivalent values.

The Prescribing Review and its associated article is the replacement of the Centre Pages report that was contained within the PACT Standard report.

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ePFIP User Administration

The ePFIP User Administration facility is only available to practices' 'master users' - i.e. those users who completed and signed the ePFIP Registration Form. This facility allows the master users to view, amend, create and delete other users for their practice.

Detailed information about all of these reports can be found in the ePFIP Help facility (accessed from the Navigation Bar).

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Toolbar

Navigation within the actual reports is achieved by using the Toolbar at the top of the screen.

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  • TOC provides a table of contents for the report. This is useful for PCT users of the reports as it will show a list of each practice within their PCT. The report can be navigated by clicking on a practice to go to the report pages for that practice.
  • You can navigate through the pages of the reports by clicking on PREV / NEXT / LAST etc.
  • The total number of pages for a given report is displayed.
  • Zoom provides the facility to adjust the scale of the visible report to suit the settings on your PC.
  • Download provides the facility to save or view either a selected number of pages, or a complete report in PDF format. It also provides the facility to export these pages or complete report into Excel.
  • Print displays the report as a PDF file and shows the Print dialog.
  • HELP provides access to detailed information on Reports, Navigation, Search facilities etc.
  • To return to menu of reports click on the 'X' at the right of the Navigation Bar.

Additional Navigation is available from the area above Folders

The following may be displayed in this area:

  • Documents > Prescribing Reports/electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices > 'report name'. This displays when you are looking at a list of months available within a report's folder. Clicking on <Documents> or <electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices> will display the list of available reports beneath Folders.
  • Documents > Prescribing review/electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices. Clicking on <Documents> will display 'electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices' beneath Folders.

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