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Summary Care Records

Over 96% of the population have an SCR (Summary Care Record) and it is currently being accessed in several settings within the NHS, for example; hospital pharmacies, A&E departments, GP out of hours, walk in centres as well as NHS 111.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has been commissioned by NHS England to help community pharmacies implement access to the SCR across the country. This will provide important medical knowledge about a patient, as detailed from the GP record. It can be utilised by authorised healthcare professionals (albeit with patient consent), to assist with their care and treatment.

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) were pleased to hear the news of Community pharmacies in England being able to access the Summary Care Record (SCR) and welcomes the opportunities that this will bring, not only for the profession but ultimately, for the benefit of patient care. 

President of APTUK, Tess Fenn, said in a statement ‘APTUK welcomes the prospect of both community pharmacists and community pharmacy technicians having protected and permitted access to the Summary Care Record. This will enable them to provide patients with enhanced, up to date and individual care and encourage collaborative working across all sectors’.

The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic summary of key clinical information about a patient sourced from the GP record in England.  Authorised healthcare professionals can access the SCR once the patient has consented to access clinical information required for clinical decision making.

Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), commissioned by NHS England has now commenced rollout on the implementation of Summary Care Records (SCRs) in to community pharmacies.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have developed a decision tool to support professional judgement for use of SCRs.
This includes a decision making matrix which covers governance requirements for accessing the SCR, and potential scenarios where there may be a professional clinical need to access the SCR.

The tool can be used alongside the SCR QRG

Further information can be found:


Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacy Voice

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

National Pharmacy Association

General Pharmaceutical Council