CPD: Summary Care Record
The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record that was introduced with the aim of supporting patient care. These documents contain a summary of key clinical information about a patient, including the medicines that they take, conditions that they suffer from and any allergies that they may have. It is sourced from the patients GP but is available to other healthcare professionals that are involved in the care or treatment of that individual, including pharmacy teams where appropriate.
Traditionally, if a pharmacy required clinical information about a patient's healthcare they would need to contact the patients GP surgery who would then share the information over the phone or by letter/fax. More often than not, this can be a long and laborious process considering the workload on both pharmacies and GP surgeries alike. The SCR allows the pharmacy team to access information about a patient to ensure that they are provided with the best standard of care without any unnecessary delays. Aside from the information detailed above, the SCR includes a patient's name, address, date of birth, and NHS number. Other information that is relevant to the care of a patient may also be included in the record if this is agreed between the patient and their GP.
Since the SCR contains sensitive personal information, only those who are directly involved in a patients care and have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode can access an SCR. Before accessing the electronic records the healthcare team member must receive the patients permission, unless the patient is unable to provide consent (e.g. in the event that they are unconscious) in which case staff must ascertain if access to the SCR is in the patient's best interest.
More information about the SCR, including pharmacy rollout, can be found here. Furthermore, CPPE has developed a training programme about the access and use of SCR in community pharmacy for pharmacists, pre-registration trainees, and pharmacy technicians which is available here