SCR Community Pharmacy Audit

Closed 28 May 2019

Opened 4 Feb 2019

Results updated 23 Sep 2019



Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff involved in the patient's direct care.

The SCR holds important information about:

  • Current medication
  • Allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
  • The name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient

Currently there are over 2.2 million patients who have chosen to add Additional Information to their SCR, with more than 19,000 patients providing consent for their Additional Information to be shared each week.

If present in the GP health record SCRs with Additional Information can contain the following:

  • Significant medical history and procedures (past and present)
  • Reason for medication
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions) 
  • Communication preferences (as per the SCCI1605 Accessible information national dataset)
  • End of life care information (as per the SCCI1580 Palliative Care Co-ordination national dataset)
  • Immunisations 
  • A section about Social and Personal Circumstances, which includes Additional Information relating to the Contact details for family, carers and healthcare professionals

Why your views matter

The purpose of this audit is to assess the benefits of the Additional Information for Pharmacy professionals who view Summary Care Records.

A more in depth survey about Additional Information and training can be found by using the links in the "Related" section below should they be of interest to you.

What happens next

In line with the provisions of the government’s Code of Practice on Consultations (available at, a summary report will be published within 12 weeks of the audit closing. Publication may be on this website, elsewhere online and/or in printed form. Within three months of a audit ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page. This may include quotes of comments, which however, will be non-attributable.

If appropriate, the summary will include a list of organisations that responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details.

Note that unless we have asked for consent to contact you to discuss feedback, and you have provided that consent, we will not respond to comments on an individual basis.



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