electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices (ePFIP).

Electronic Prescribing and Financial Information for Practices (ePFIP) technical requirements.

The ePFIP service is accessed over NHSnet / Internet using a Web browser the following configuration is recommended:

Web browser Internet Explorer 5.5 (SP2) or later
Screen resolution

Minimum: 800 by 600
Recommendewd: 1024 by 768

Adobe Acrobat Reader

This is required for saving or printing reports. Information on obtaining Acrobat Reader free of charge can be found here.

There are some known problems with version 6.0.0 of Acrobat Reader – either version 5.0 or 6.0.1 should be used.

Microsoft Excel Excel 97 or later is required for exporting data to Excel.


NHSnet / Internet Connection

The ePFIP service can be accessed using a 64Kbps connection to NHSnet / Internet, but performance may be affected, depending upon the load placed upon this connection by other activities within your Practice. Improved performance can be obtained using a broadband 256Kbps connection. The NHS Information Authority has a Bandwidth Upgrade Project to deliver broadband connections to all GP practices by September 2004; more details are available here.


Pop-up Blocker

The ePFIP service requires that your web browser has pop-up windows enabled. The latest versions of Internet Explorer have pop-up windows disabled by default to stop unwanted advertisements so it is important that these instructions are followed to allow access to ePFIP.

The following instructions explain how to configure the pop-up blocker so that it only allows pop-up windows from the PPD website.

NOTE: This is not a security risk because the instructions show that pop-ups can be enabled just for the PPD website and disabled for all other sites and, also, because the connection to ePFIP is via NHSNet and not the internet.

  1. Go to the Pop-up Blocker Settings:

  2. Enter *.ppa.nhs.uk into the 'Address Of Web Site To Allow' and press the Add button:

  3. Close the Pop-up Blocker Settings dialog box after the site has been added:


Sign up

To access ePFIP please visit the NHS BSA web site at the following link to access the registraion form.

http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/963.aspx (opens new window)