ESR Development Roadmap

We are now half way through delivering the vision set out in our Road Map for ESR which summarises how the ESR solution will be enhanced with a wide range of new functionality coupled with an improved user experience. The key enhancements being:

  • Improved User Interface and supporting changes to business processes for self-service and learning management users;
  • The introduction of a Reporting Strategy for ESR  - to support the move away from the Discoverer reporting tool;
  • Improved functionality for payroll professionals.

New Portal gateway

Since March 2017 the NHS Team has been working with NHS organisations to provision their access to the new Portal gateway into ESR. 

NHS organisations are able to independently switch to the Portal if they wish, this means that they can switch the Portal on without needing on-site support from the NHS team support.  If you are interested in independently switching the Portal on in your organisation please contact us at esr.pmonhsnet 

As part of the overall Road Map the new Portal gateway must be available in all NHS organisations across England and Wales by the end of September 2017.

More information about the Portal and portlets is available in the My ESR. 

New Reporting Strategy

In June this year we launched the new ESR Reporting Strategy, designed to bring a range of improvements to ESR Business Intelligence (BI).  The strategy not only details these improvements and additions to ESR BI but also supports our migration from Oracle Discoverer (following the confirmation that Oracle are withdrawing support for this product from June 2017). 

Supporting a reliable and stable solution

Central to the strategy is the upgrading of the infrastructure that underpins the ESR BI service, ensuring it remains resilient, reduces any downtime and remains fit for purpose as the primary reporting service for ESR going forward.

Supporting the data needs of the NHS

With the large amount of data that is currently still available in Discoverer, users are particularly interested data in availability within ESR BI. The reporting strategy includes a comprehensive review of the Discoverer End User Layer (EUL) ensuring that comparable capability will exist in ESR BI to allow local reports to be replicated.  In addition, the strategy will deliver a more comprehensive suite of data items in a way that makes reporting across different subject areas easier; ensuring that the most wide ranging set of reports can be made available within ESR BI.  

Supporting the mobile workforce

NHS Managers and core users need accessible data beyond the confines of the desktop.  The strategy enables ESR BI over the internet, together with access via mobile devices such as tablets; this will improve the usability of BI and make access to data much quicker and easier.

The major changes outlined in the strategy for 2017 include:

  • New and updated subject areas
  • New functions such as alerting, scheduling and sharing with individual users
  • Replication of Discoverer reports into ESR BI
  • Mobile access
  • Access to ESR BI over the internet
  • Ability to combine ESR data with external data
  • Access to real time or near-real time data from ESR BI
  • Comprehensive Audit reporting

You can read more about the ESR Reporting functionality within the Your ESR 

Keep up to date

We regularly publish Road Map Bulletins that provide our users with more detail about all of the planned enhancements for ESR. You can read the latest edition of the Bulletin here.