The following outlines how the NHS Information Prescription Service operates. It is being used by professionals within the NHS to “prescribe” the relevant information patients need to understand and deal with their condition. However it is also possible for any individual to access the website containing the information and browse / research / obtain any of the information contained within it. Links are provided to partner sites to ensure the database is comprehensive, and accesses medical and non- medical information.
As the service is new, the NHS is anxious to encourage patients / carers to use the system, but it is also keen for ex-patients and others interested to explore what is available and feedback comments and suggestions for improvements. This can be done through the contact link on the website or for those living in Essex via email@example.com.
For anyone reading this who is involved in User or Support groups (or anything similar) it would be appreciated if you could bring it to your members attention so that they can take up the opportunity to obtain tailored information; and to make sure the initiative gets widest possible circulation.
The Information Prescription Service - IPS
IPS is a computer based system that is available to both NHS professionals and to patients where they can access the wealth of information available and “prescribe” on an individual basis, tailored information that they want to print out /read. Although it is planned that the concept of computer based access to tailored prescriptions will eventually be used throughout the country, it appears that IPS will have to run in parallel with existing systems for some time to come.
Anyone, patients and carers can access the IPS and tailor a prescription of information to their specific needs by going to nhs.uk/ips and following the instructions. It is a comprehensive and easy to use system and further work is on-going to improve the system by making it more user friendly, providing instant multilingual translation and increasing its content to encompass early and late (survivorship) information.
Prescriptions can be generated without registering, but by registering you can save and return to modify your prescription at any time in the future and add your own notes to it. Once in the site, selections will allow you to “drill down” to specific information, which may come from a variety of different (but authoritative) sites. The information from the prescription can then be read on screen, printed out or sent securely by e-mail to any email address provided.
This blog is an adaption of a more detailed description. Anyone wanting further information should contact me. However I recommend you have a go and see what you think of it.