Several NHSBSA projects have received a nod in four separate categories at this year’s prestigious public sector event.
And the organisation will be hoping to continue their success from last year, where they picked up the award for Efficiency Savings for the launch of Manage Your Service (MYS) - the first project of its kind to make prescription and patient identifiable data securely accessible electronically for pharmacists.
Shortlisted projects include:
Registering to Issue Digital Maternity Exemptions
Shortlisted for the Best Use of a Solution award
The NHSBSA has launched a digital service to make it easier and quicker for healthcare professionals to issue Maternity Exemption Certificates (Matex) to expectant and new mothers. Matex entitles pregnant women and women who have given birth in the last 12 months to get free NHS prescriptions and NHS dental treatment.
The new digital service includes a self-registration function for midwives, reducing a 5-day wait to just a few minutes and saving time and money for the NHS. It also means mums-to-be can receive their certificate instantly via email.
To find out more, visit: nhsbsa.nhs.uk/digitalmatex
Am I Exempt?
Shortlisted for the Small Scale Project award
The NHS online eligibility checker is helping patients to understand if they are entitled to receive free NHS prescriptions and NHS dental treatment and how to claim correctly to avoid unnecessary penalty charges. It takes less than two minutes to complete and can also let patients know about other means of support available, such as the NHS Low Income Scheme.
To find out more, visit: nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick
Real Time Exemption Checking (RTEC)
Shortlisted for the Data & Interoperability award
Developed by NHS Digital and the NHS Business Services Authority, RTEC is an NHS electronic system which enables pharmacies to immediately check if a patient is eligible for free prescriptions.
RTEC means the pharmacy team can see if a patient needs to pay for their prescription when it is dispensed, saving time and helping patients claim free prescriptions correctly. Previously, the pharmacist had to ask the patient if they have to pay for their prescriptions and, if not, ask for proof of their exemption.
To find out more, visit: nhsbsa.nhs.uk/help-nhs-prescription-costs/real-time-exemption-checking
MYS - NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service
Shortlisted for the Efficiency Savings award
The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (NHS CPCS) is a national Advanced Service to refer patients requiring low acuity advice, treatment and urgent repeat prescriptions to community pharmacies.
NHS CPCS aims to reduce pressure on the primary and urgent care system, particularly Accident and Emergency and GP out of hours, by supporting the integration of community pharmacy. Pharmacy contractors can register for NHS CPCS via NHSBSA’s MYS portal.
Now entering its 4th year, Smarter Working Live (formerly the Public Sector Paperless Awards) is a celebration of outstanding public sector digital transformation and government innovation.
This year’s awards ceremony will be held on 26 November.
For the full shortlist, visit: smarterworkinglive.com/shortlist