Transforming Lives with Digital Medicine

27/04/2022 10:00 am to 27/04/2022 4:00 pm

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Bringing the Medicines Optimisation Digital Learning Network back together.

Implementing and optimising ePrescribing and Digital Medicines Systems to realise the best possible benefits is a shared challenge that we all need to collaborate on.

To bring the network back together, the Digital Medicines learning event was held virtually on 27th April 2022.

The event ‘Transforming Lives with Digital Medicines’ was a must for anyone involved in implementing and optimising ePrescribing or Digital Medicines systems.



The agenda can be downloaded here

You can watch the recording of the main session on 27th April and also all the breakout sessions



Networking and Feedback

We are interested in hearing from you in advance of the event to find out where you are on your EPMA/digital medicine journey, do you have experiences to share and what are you looking for guidance on?

To join the conversation please visit the Mural board and grab a post-it note, not forgetting to leave your contact details too. Feel free to read through the completed post-it notes as you never know, you may find the solution to your problem or a team that you could share your experiences with.

If you have any problems accessing the Mural or if you would prefer to email your thoughts rather than add them to the Mural please email [email protected]


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Ann Slee
Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (Medicines)
NHS England

Ann Slee is NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (Medicines).

She is a hospital pharmacist by background and has led various local and national initiatives around digital medicines and ePrescribing with experience in the development and deployment of digital technologies. She holds several honorary academic appointments and was a member of the advisory board for the Wachter review.

Ann is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

Twitter: @slee_ann

Tony Avery OBE
National Clinical Director for Prescribing
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Tony Avery, OBE, is National Clinical Director for Prescribing for NHS England and NHS Improvement. He is also a practising GP, and Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Nottingham. Over the last 30 years his research and policy work has focused on prescribing and patient safety, and he has a particular interest in the role of digital technology to help clinicians prescribe safely and effectively. He has led a number of major research studies which have had policy impact. One of these is the development, evaluation and roll-out of an IT-based pharmacist-led intervention (PINCER) which has now been rolled out nationally in England, resulting in improvements in medication safety. In his role as National Clinical Director for Prescribing he has responsibility for implementing the National Overprescribing Review, which includes a number of recommendations around developing and implementing effective digital technologies

Twitter: @TonyAvery1

Amita Aggarawal
Founder and Chair
Digital Medicines Special Interest Group, Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI)

Amita is the founder and chair of the Digital Medicines Special Interest Group at the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI). As part of this, they are working on a number of workstreams, including looking at digital safety, optimising EPMA and the pathway to clinical informatician roles. Alongside, she is a policy advisor at NHS England and Improvement. Prior to this Amita worked as a projects pharmacist at King’s College Hospital where she led and supported the installation of a new dispensing robot and automated medicine cabinets as part of an ICS initiative. She has also been an EPMA pharmacist leading the roll out of electronic prescribing at a newly acquired ​hospital site.

Twitter: @Amita8910

Marianne Taylor
eMedicines Lead Pharmacist
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

With a background in medicines information services and medicines safety, Marianne has been the eMedicines Lead Pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) for 13 years and developed an expertise in ePMA and ePR system implementation and optimisation. As a participant of Cohort 3 of the NHS Digital Academy, she is currently converting the PGDip in Digital Health Leadership to a Masters by investigating how the ePMA system at LTHT causes prescribing errors and the factors that can improve ePMA system safety.

Twitter: MarianneTPharm


Shahzad Ali
Clinical Lead -Interoperable Medicines
NHS Digital

Shahzad is the Clinical Lead for Interoperable Medicines for NHS Digital.

He has led and been part of local, national and international complex digital transformation programmes. Most recently he was the National Clinical Lead for the Covid 19 Data Flows Vaccination programme within NHS Digital, leading the clinical assurance, design and  data flow of digital Covid 19 Vaccination clinical systems nationally.

He also practises clinically as the Specialist Informatics Pharmacist at Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT). Within MFT he was part of the team leading on the procurement and analysis of EPRs and led the implementation of the automated dispensing cabinets, the first in the country with an eCD record.

Prior to this Shahzad was the ePrescribing Lead for a state of the art digital hospital, leading on the implementation of an EPR, automated dispensing cabinets, Bar Code Medicine Administration which achieved HIMSS Level 6. He was also part of the team within NHS Leeds and the national team, who were the first in the country to implement the Electronic Prescription Service contributing to national frameworks.

Shahzad is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a member of Cohort 4 of the Digital Academy.

Twitter: @ukinformaticist


Dr Yogini Jani
Clinical Safety Lead – Digital Healthcare
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Yogini Jani is the Clinical Safety Lead for Digital Healthcare at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Director of the Centre for Medicines Optimisation for Research & Education (CMORE).  Building on her medication and patient safety experience, and the skills and knowledge developed during the fellowship, her current research and role center around the safe use of digital systems through the application of human factors, health informatics, and behavioural and improvement science approaches to improve care and reduce harm to patients.

Twitter: @2011YJ

Richard Cottrell
Principal Pharmacist – Digital Health and Electronic Prescribing
University Hospital Ayr

Richard is the Principal Pharmacist for Digital Health and Electronic Prescribing within NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran were an early adopter of HEPMA (ePMA) with its first implementation back in 1997. Joining the board in 2000, Richard has been heavily involved with the ongoing development of HEPMA and its implementation across NHS Ayrshire & Arran since this. Richard is also a fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in recognition of his work with HEPMA over the years including a key role in the NHS Scotland national evaluation of HEPMA systems.

With full inpatient HEPMA coverage within NHS Ayrshire & Arran in place, work with HEPMA within the board has for some time focussed on leveraging additional benefits from the HEPMA datasets an area of particular interest for Richard and his team.

Twitter: @r_cottrell

Interoperable Medicines in Hospital Pharmacy

In this session, we consider an interoperability case study where standards-based integration has been used to send details of prescriptions between an EPMA application and a separate pharmacy stock control system to create a closed-loop medicines supply process. Delegates will be encouraged to consider how this process could be optimised through either standards or software development and propose other applications of standards-based integration in the hospital environment.

Learning objectives

By the end of the session delegates should be able to:

  • Describe how standards-based integration can be used to facilitate Closed Loop Medicines Supply (CLMS)
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a best-of-breed approach to CLMS using standards-based integration in comparison to a vertically integrated approach
  • Propose how standards-based integration could be used in the delegate’s own setting to reduce risk and improve efficiency

The session will be delivered by:

Christopher McCorquodale, Deputy Chief Pharmacist and Chief Pharmaceutical Information Officer, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Matthew Elliot, Senior ePMA Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Dm+d Standardisation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The session will cover the following:

  • Importance of dm+d standards, with particular reference to the timeline/deadline in the SCCI0052;
  • Practical application of dm+d mapping in JAC/CMM;
  • Figures on ‘compliance’;
  • Worked example of what it would look like if we output discharge medicines via dm+d codes to an external source.

Learning objectives

  • Importance of Standardisation.
  • Practical applications and lived experience of dm+d standardisation.
  • Realised benefits of successful standardisation and impact seen across care boundaries.

The session will be delivered by:

Rick Cooper, Senior Consultant, NHS Digital
Fin Canney, Lead Clinical Informatics Pharmacist, UHBW NHS FT & SW Regional Clinical Fellow, NHSE&I
Matthew Heesom, EPMA & Pharmacy IT Systems Manager, Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

Tricks and Tips for Trusts Going Live with EPMA

The session will cover:

  • Go-Live preparations
  • Full Dress Rehearsal for go-live
  • Transcribing process
  • Complexities in intensive care areas
  • Lesson learnt
  • Top tips


Learning objectives

  • To understand what preparation is required before a Trust goes live with ePMA and identify your areas of improvement
  • To understand the process of transcribing and how to overcome hurdles faced during go-live
  • To apply lessons learnt and top tips from Barts Health implementation of ePMA to your own Trust


The session will be delivered by:

Amanpreet K Sidhu, Lead Pharmacist Informatics, Barts Health NHS Trust
Reena Lal, Deputy Lead ePMA Pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust

Implementation of Electronic Prescribing in Whittington Outpatients & Emergency Department

This session is a retrospective overview of the experiences in rolling out Outpatient electronic prescribing to the Outpatient clinics and the Emergency Department at The Whittington Health NHS Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic

Learning objectives

  • To understand the general and specific challenges in rolling out an EPMA system in Outpatient Clinics
  • To understand the general and specific challenges in rolling out an EPMA system in Emergency Departments
  • To identify the benefits realised by implementation of EPMA systems in the above area (with case study examples from the Whittington)


The session will be delivered by:

Joseph Grayson (Lead Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Pharmacy Technician), The Whittington Health NHS Trust

Chandni Khanderia (Lead Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Pharmacist), The Whittington Health NHS Trust

Developing a Digital Vision for Antimicrobial Prescribing & Medicines Optimisation

 This interactive session will explore the opportunities provided by digital systems to optimise antimicrobial prescribing to help tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and improve outcomes for patients.


Learning objectives

Following this session, delegates will:

  • Understand what is meant by antimicrobial prescribing & medicines optimisation
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges provided by optimising digital systems to improve antimicrobial prescribing & medicines optimisation
  • Understand the gap between interventions and patient outcomes and consider ideas of how to address this


The session will be delivered by:

Laura Whitney, Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Lead (London), NHS England and Improvement
Conor Jamieson, Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Lead (Midlands), NHS England and Improvement

Consolidated Medicines Records: The story so far…


The session will cover:

  • An introduction into what Consolidated Medicines Records are and why they matter.
  • We will describe where development is at in various parts of the country, and what the future may hold for them.
  • There will be an opportunity for Q&As and for the audience to make suggestions for secondary use utilities.


Learning objectives

  • Define and understand the benefits of using a consolidated medicines record
  • Appreciate the limitations, gaps, challenges, and opportunities
  • Recognise the importance of the Standards which have been created and the use of dm+d (dictionary of medicines and devices) for interoperability


The session will be delivered by:

Shahzad Ali, Clinical Lead – Digital Child Health, NHS Digital
David Chalkley, Clinical Safety Officer, Associate CCIO, Clinical Delivery and Innovation Lead, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Alistair Gray, Chief Pharmacy Information Officer, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Julian Wyatt, Project Lead, Unified Medicines Record with Referrals Project, Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership

Exploring Digital Data – Medicines Safety and beyond


Whether you are about to embark on the implementation of EPMA or are further along the journey we hope you will gain an insight into how you can use the information available to you to identify specific medicines safety issues, aid prioritisation and drive improvement, not just for your pharmacy department but for your wider organisation. Experiences will be shared from three Trusts in different stages of their EPMA journey.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about actions you can take in advance of EPMA implementation to help reduce errors
  • Learn about using EPMA data to help prioritisation for pharmacy staff
  • Learn how data can be used to drive improvement and support staff deployment and decision making


The session will be delivered by:

Andy Fox, Consultant Pharmacist Medicines Safety, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Liam Bastian, Lead Pharmacist for Digital Medicines, Royal Cornwall
Michael Hardy, Pharmacy Technician Team Leader – Informatics, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Exploring Supplier Relationships – Top tips for collaborative working

At every stage of EPMA deployment, it is important to consider the dynamic of the relationship between your team and your supplier. Yes, this is business, but it is essential this relationship is a partnership. Through expressing requirements clearly, communicating effectively and building relationships, meaningful collaboration can transform how systems are implemented and optimised.

Experiences will be shared, and an open discussion held to create a ‘top tips’ that will be applicable across systems and suppliers.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the benefits of collaborative working with suppliers
  • Learn about how to approach positive working relationships with suppliers
  • Learn about how working as a userbase can form a shared community of practice


The session will be delivered by

Sarah Thompson, CCIO, Digital Optimisation Team, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust



Read the latest blog by Ann Slee, NHS England’s Association Chief Clinical Officer (Medicines), Ann Slee. Ann has worked in the digital medicines space for a number of years, championing the use of digital systems to transform patient care. Here, she shares her views on the role and importance of digital systems and the benefits of attending the upcoming event.


Read the blog

Briefing sheets have been developed for clinical staff, implementation teams and senior executives to explain the concept and benefits of interoperable medicine. These will circulated as part of the event communications and are also available on our web pages under the resource section


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Register for the upcoming ePrescribing Masterclasses:

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Wednesday 13 July 2022



You can watch recordings of previous masterclasses by clicking on the links below:

Watch April’s event

Watch March’s event

Watch February’s event


If you would like to join the Medicines Optimisation Digital Learning Network workspace on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform please email [email protected].Here you will be able to access previous recordings of the ePrescribing masterclass series, post discussions, and collaborate with colleagues.

Help improve the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS): NHS Digital would like to talk to prescribers and dispensers across different care settings about their experience of using EPS, including any challenges. User feedback is essential to help inform future improvements and the next generation of the system. If you can spare some time to take part and provide your views,


NHS Digital has published a new Information Standard Notice that will ensure safer, more joined up care through the seamless, digital flow of patient medicines/prescription information across healthcare. All NHS and social care funded organisations need to ensure their systems are compliant by 31 March 2023, in line with the Standard’s Requirements Specification.  Further information and resources are available on the Interoperable Medicine Programme website and to keep informed of developments in this area you can also subscribe to the Digital and Interoperable Medicine Bulletin.