Regs reminder (#1): Access to SCR

This article is part of a series of reminders.

On 20th October 2020  NHS regulations were laid to introduce changes to the Terms of Service for pharmacy owners. Community Pharmacy England issued a series of 14 Regs explainer articles in November 2020 to help pharmacy owners and their teams to understand the new requirements.

Whilst deadlines for compliance with the changes have now passed, community pharmacy owners are advised to review our reminders in preparation for completing the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) survey, which will include questions on aspects of the Terms of Service.

What is required?

Pharmacy owners must ensure that staff working at their pharmacy can access NHS Summary Care Records (SCR) and that access is consistent and reliable during the pharmacy’s opening hours, in so far as that is within the control of the pharmacy owner.

SCRs can only be accessed by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and this regulatory change does not amend that. Subject to the normal patient consent requirements, those registered professionals should access patients’ SCRs whenever providing pharmaceutical services to the extent that they consider, in their clinical judgement, that it is appropriate to do so.

Examples of use of the SCR in practice include resolving prescription queries, advising patients on suitable medication, providing emergency supplies and when carrying out medication reviews.

Where can I get more support on this?

Further guidance on how to access and use SCRs can be found on our SCR webpage.

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