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.

Hertfordshire LPC developed an updated EMOP guide 21.01.2019 to support community pharmacies with implementation and provides you with a step by step guide and a template SOP. Please note that this guide will be updated shortly to reflect some of the changes being implemented from January 2019.

21.06.2019 – There are some changes to the PharmOutcomes community pharmacy screen template with effect from 21 June 2019.  They have been updated to simplify some of the tick box options and automate the generation of the GP notification. You can view the changes here and if you have any queries or comments please contact the LPC office.

21.12.2018 – EMOP is launching from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow in early 2019. Two events have been organised to support the launch. Monday 14 January and Tuesday 22 January 2019. Here is the flyer with further details and how to sign up for either event.

19.12.2018 UPDATE –  The first sites to go live were Southend and Basildon hospitals in May, which were followed by East and North Herts and West Suffolk hospitals in July. The next sites that plan to go live are Princess Alexandra, Ipswich and Norfolk & Norwich hospitals. They will shortly be sending out further details on the go live for these sites as well as updates on other sites progress and plans for 2019.

The 6 LPCs in East Anglia have worked in partnership to standardise the information that community pharmacies complete for EMOP. To assist this process some minor changes will be made to the community pharmacy screens on the PharmOutcomes platform at the beginning of January 2019. The changes are as follows;

  1. Amalgamation of a couple of tick boxes into one tick box as follows: Information reviewed, medicines reconciliation completed and no further action. 
  2. Medicines reconciliation is defined as: “Medicines reconciliation is the process of creating the most accurate list possible of all medications a patient is taking — including drug name, dosage and frequency, and comparing that list against the discharge information with the aim of providing correct medications to the patient at all transition points.”
  3. In addition some LPCs did not have a box for Patient consulted.

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

This briefing was shared with GPs in East and North Hertfordshire via CCGs and the LMC before launch from Lister Hospital.

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 are automatically 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.

View the EAHSN case studies following their conversations with two community pharmacies in Hertfordshire.

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