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Summary care record

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A one-off £200 payment will be awarded to each England-based community pharmacy contractor when the summary care record (SCR) service is activated before 31 March 2017, and pharmacies using the SCR can earn points through the Quality Payments scheme — which could be worth up to £1,280. Learn more about the service and how to use it with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on the SCR.


Pharmacist looking at a patient's summary care (SCR) record on a computer

How to use the summary care record in community pharmacySubscription

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An overview of the summary care record, including its contents, who can view it, how its use can be monitored as well as how access in community pharmacies in England can benefit patients and pharmacy practice.

News and analysis

Young female pharmacist using a computer

Summary care record now used in 50% of community pharmacies in England

The summary care record (SCR) is now used in almost 6,000 community pharmacies — around half the total number in England — one year after its roll out to community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, NHS Digital has announced.

A pharmacist helping a patient

Pharmacist expertise must be used to support people with long-term conditionsSubscription


A new campaign calling for pharmacists to have a significant role in supporting people with long-term conditions is being launched by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Pharmacists play vital role beyond 'doling out' medicines, says Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription


Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society “This month we are speaking to both MPs, local councillors and the NHS about the vital role all pharmacists play,” says Neal Patel, ...

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), has questioned whether seeking consent to access a patient’s summary care record (SCR) is always in the best interest of patients. In the image, rows of medical files

RPS president questions value of pharmacists seeking consent each time they access a patient’s recordSubscription


Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), has questioned whether it is in the best interests of patients to seek consent each time their summary care record (SCR) needs to be accessed.

James Wood, a pharmacist at Wicker Pharmacy in Sheffield, one of the 140 chosen to pilot pharmacy access to the patient summary care record

Gaining patient trust over pharmacy access to recordsSubscription


With the roll out of pharmacy access to summary care records, some patients will inevitably express concerns about privacy, but the signs are that patients support this move.


Why we need write access to patient summary care recordsSubscription

By Louise Laming,

A patient came into our pharmacy requesting an emergency supply of a salbutamol inhaler recently. He lives elsewhere but was working locally. We accessed his summary care record (SCR) and, to our surprise, discovered that he had not been prescribed anything since 2015. Before then, he was regularly prescribed beclomethasone and salbutamol inhalers. In addition, the surgery details he provided were incorrect.

Campaigning for write access to patient recordsSubscription


Tuesday 14 January 2014 marked the beginning of the journey for pharmacists to gain full read-and-write access to patient records.

Your RPS

Imagery of mental illness: woman sits on stairs looking out to sea

What can pharmacists do to improve the physical health of people with mental illness?Subscription

By , Dolly Sud

David Branford, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, and Dolly Sud, specialist mental health pharmacist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, explain the importance of the role of pharmacists in improving the physical well-being of patients with severe mental illness.

Event on pharmacists’ access to the electronic patient record hosted by the RPS. In the image, Kevin Barron, Gisela Stuart, Zafar Khan, Sandra Gidley, Victoria Borwick, Stephen Hammond

Why shouldn't pharmacists have access to patient records?Subscription


“Talk to your local MP and invite them to your pharmacy!” This was the advice given by Oliver Colvile, vice chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG), at an evening of discussion hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) London Central Local Practice Forum at Portcullis House on 6 January 2016.

Sibby Buckle, public affairs lead for the English Pharmacy Board and a Conservative candidate for the Westminster parliament

Write access to patients' records would transform pharmacy's role in careSubscription


Community pharmacist Sibby Buckle, public affairs lead for the English Pharmacy Board, makes a case for eventual write access to patients’ records but recommends that the pharmacy profession proceeds with care.

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