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NHS England to test pharmacy access to patients’ medical records

Alison Hemsworth

Alison Hemsworth says that the success of the pilot will determine whether SCR access is rolled out nationally

Community pharmacists will be able to see parts of a patient’s medical record under a pilot programme in up to 100 sites in England, The Pharmaceutical Journal has learnt.  

The project, which will give community pharmacists access to the summary care record, is being run by NHS England and implemented by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Alison Hemsworth, programme manager for the community pharmacy contractual framework at NHS England, revealed plans for the pilot during the National Pharmacy Association annual conference at the weekend, and said its success will determine whether NHS England rolls out SCR access nationally.

NHS England will call for expressions of interest from local professional networks in running a pilot and, once sites have been chosen, the pilots are planned to begin in September or October.

Responses to NHS England’s community pharmacy call to action highlighted SCR access as a priority for pharmacists, said Hemsworth, adding that there had been 859 responses to the call and 81 formal responses, making it NHS England’s most successful call to action to date. A report is expected next month.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11139057

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