Start Guide for electronic Prescribing & Financial Information
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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.
are other options from the Menu, click on:
Documents to display the list of the Folders that are
relevant to you.
to display a pre-defined list of useful links, allowing
you to navigate directly to other websites.
Form to provide the PPD with feedback on the service.
to display detailed Help on Reports, Navigation and Search
Out to end your session and return to the PPD website.
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.
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.
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.
Detailed Prescribing Information (PDPI)
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.
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
The practice prescribing is also
compared with last year's level and with the PCT and National
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.
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:
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
The Prescribing Review and its associated
article is the replacement of the Centre Pages report that
was contained within the PACT Standard report.
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).
within the actual reports is achieved by using the Toolbar at
the top of the screen.
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
can navigate through the pages of the reports by clicking
on PREV / NEXT / LAST etc.
total number of pages for a given report is displayed.
provides the facility to adjust the scale of the visible
report to suit the settings on your PC.
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.
displays the report as a PDF file and shows the
provides access to detailed information on Reports, Navigation,
Search facilities etc.
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
following may be displayed in this area:
> 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
> Prescribing review/electronic Prescribing & Financial
Information for Practices. Clicking on <Documents>
will display 'electronic Prescribing & Financial Information
for Practices' beneath Folders.