Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP)

The Electronic Medicines Optimisation Pathway (EMOP) scheme whereby electronic medicines information will be transferred from the hospital to community pharmacy upon discharge of a patient is a system to improve patient outcomes. The aim is that this will reduce waste and the need for re-admissions to hospital.

EMOP was launched softly from Lister Hospital during July and August 2018 and was fully launched on Monday 10 September 2018 and we have already seen 43 referrals to 29 community pharmacies across Hertfordshire during this period. Pharmacies should now expect to see an increase in referral numbers of patients that may get discharged from Lister Hospital and we would strongly encourage pharmacies to familiarise themselves with the EMOP process.

EMOP will also be rolled out to Watford Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital at the end of 2018 and we will be running more supportive events and letting you know of dates when confirmed.

Hertfordshire LPC have developed an EMOP guide to support community pharmacies with implementation and provides you with a step by step guide and a template SOP.

Further training materials and support for EMOP can be found on the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) website.

This briefing has been shared with GPs via CCGs and the LMC.

Prior to the launch date Herts LPC held two separate EMOP events and here are the presentations from the evenings for your information:

All pharmacies across Hertfordshire will automatically be signed up to receive the information referrals from any of these hospitals. If you DON’T want to be a part of this patient pathway and to receive any information referrals from the hospitals named above you should complete the opt out form and return it to the LPC office. Please do not opt out if you think your patients do not attend the particular hospitals named. Please do not worry if you opt out at a later date as this can still be supported.

Thank you for your support and please do provide us with any feedback and contact us if you require any further information.