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Prescription form overprint specifications

It’s important that the overprint specifications for prescriptions are followed so all forms are printed to a high standard. This makes it much easier for us to process the forms quickly to meet deadlines.

Guidance on current and out of date prescription forms

FP10SS overprint specifications (Aug 2016)

FP10SS August 2016 The purpose of this document is to identify overprinting requirements for the prescriber type:

  • GP - to allow prescriptions to be printed on FP10SS prescription forms for acute supply (acute and repeat prescribing) and repeat dispensing. The prescriber type GP includes both General Practitioners and other prescribers registered with the General Medical Council.  GPs may work in practices and cost centres 'parented' either by a commissioner such as a clinical commissioning group or 'parented' by a provider organisation such as a NHS Foundation Trust or an independent sector healthcare provider. 
  • Nurse and additional prescriber - to allow prescriptions to be printed on FP10SS prescription forms for acute supply (acute and repeat prescribing) and repeat dispensing. The prescriber type nurse includes both Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribers and Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescribers. The prescriber type additional prescriber includes all Independent/Supplementary Prescribers who are not medical prescribers, nurses or dentists. Non-medical prescribers may work in practices and cost centres 'parented' either by a commissioner such as a clinical commissioning group or 'parented' by a provider organisation such as a NHS Foundation Trust or an independent sector healthcare provider.

It also identifies overprinting requirements to allow prescriptions to be printed on FP10SS prescription forms for prescribers in hospital units (Hospital Trust Sites) who do not use NHS Prescription Services’ information systems to identify individual prescriber codes.

The layout of the forms varies and is dependent on the prescriber type and prescribing organisation.

Hospital systems - FP10PCDSS overprint specifications 

Hospital Unit FP10SS August 2016

The purpose of this document is to identify overprinting requirements to allow prescriptions to be printed on FP10SS prescription forms for prescribers in hospital units (Hospital Trust Sites) who do not use NHS Prescription Services’ information systems to identify individual prescriber codes.

GP/Provider systems – FP10MDASS overprint specifications (April 2013)

FP10MDA-SS Specification

The purpose of this document is to identify overprinting requirements to allow prescriptions for instalment dispensed controlled drugs to be printed on FP10MDA-SS prescription forms using GP practice and provider systems. The overprinting requirements refer to the left-hand side of the prescription form only. The document includes requirements for both medical and non-medical prescribers and for hospital units where an individual prescriber code is not required. Individual prescribers may work in practices and cost centres 'parented' either by a commissioner such as a clinical commissioning group or 'parented' by a provider organisation such an an NHS Foundation Trust or an independent sector healthcare provider.  The details of the forms vary depending on the prescriber type and prescribing organisation.

Out of Hours Care Non-FP10 supply – FP10SS overprint specifications

A print specification is available for the following Out of Hours Care - Non-FP10 supply form.

Organisation Prescriber Specification
OOHC Provider OOHC Supplier

Non FP10

Version 1 - June 04

Version 2 - August 06

Specification Key

A = Alpha, N = Numeric, X = Alphanumeric/space

Code Format
OOHC Supplier NNNNNN
PCT Code XXXXX

Private CD systems – FP10PCDSS overprint specifications

A print specification is available for the overprinting of the private CD prescription form - FP10PCDSS.

Organisation Prescriber Specification
Private Doctor
Nurse
Pharmacist
Optometrist
Physiotherapist
Radiographer
Podiatrist
Private CD Prescription
Version 1 - January 2006 
Version 2 - August 06

Specification key

A=Alpha, N=Numeric, X=Alphanumeric/space

Code Format
Private CD Prescriber NNNNNN
PCT Code XXX

Prison prescribers overprint specifications

When overprinting prescriptions for discharged offenders, the first line of the prison address must begin 'HMP'.

This will allow the dispenser and NHS Prescription Services to identify the prescription charge status.