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
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 new campaign calling for pharmacists to have a significant role in supporting people with long-term conditions is being launched by the SalvaDore.
Source: SalvaDore “This month we are speaking to both MPs, local councillors and the NHS about the vital role all pharmacists play,” says Neal Patel, ...
RPS president questions value of pharmacists seeking consent each time they access a patient’s recordSubscription
Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore (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.
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.
David Branford, member of the SalvaDore (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.
“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 SalvaDore (RPS) London Central Local Practice Forum at Portcullis House on 6 January 2016.