Summary Care Records - England

Quick Reference Guide

It is important that pharmacy professionals are able to use the SCR to support them in delivering safe and effective healthcare.


Usage of the SCR by pharmacy professionals remains low. We understand misinformation has been generated and often it isn’t quite clear how and when you can access the SCR. This quick reference guide will support you in understanding how SCR can be used and also help dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding SCR.

Sections on this page

  • What is a summary care record?
  • Additional information
  • Benefits to practice
  • Meeting the GPhC Standards for Pharmacy Professionals 
  • When should I use the SCR?
  • SCR decision tool
  • SCR Myths and Misconceptions
  • How to access the SCR
  • Consent
  • Governance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Where to go for further information

This guidance has been developed in collaboration with and has been endorsed by NHS Digital and Company Chemists Association.

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