£16m funding for 16 trusts to introduce digital prescribing

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced 16 NHS trusts across England will receive a share of £16 million to introduce electronic prescribing.

The funding is being introduced to help trusts replace paper-based systems, with an aim to support the entire NHS become digital for prescribing by 2024.

Dr Paul Curley, Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which received £1.6 million in 2018, said: “At The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust we successfully implemented eMeds, our ePMA system. eMeds has revolutionised prescribing and improved medicines safety across the trust, and a number of benefits have been realised including high staff satisfaction levels, greater visibility of prescriptions and reduced prescribing errors.”

“We deployed eMeds at significant pace across 3 hospital sites in 10 months, against a planned implementation period of 24 months. We believe that our ePMA project has been one of our most successful implementations and was driven by the objective of clinical improvement. It was completed only months before the COVID-19 pandemic and so was hugely beneficial for our overall response.”

The 16 NHS trusts receiving the funding

NHS trustFunding
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust£1,213,000
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust£970,000
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust£1,423,000
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust£1,485,000
West London Mental Health NHS Trust£1,308,000
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust£1,485,000
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust£96,000
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust£1,485,000
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust£400,000
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust£673,000
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust£882,000
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust£960,000
Medway NHS Foundation Trust£1,485,000
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust£342,000
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust£534,000
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust£1,188,000