NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Summary Care Records



The introduction of Summary Care Records, or SCRs, to community pharmacies in England provides a greater opportunity for pharmacy professionals to contribute to patient care. Using the SCR during some consultations means you will be able to access key clinical information relevant to individual patients, which provides a bigger picture of the patient and their health.

We have worked with the Health and Social Care Information Centre to develop learning which guides you through the practice and the process of accessing and using SCRs in community pharmacy.

The e-learning programme is a good place to start, it tells you what the SCRs contain, how to access them and use them securely.

Before you can access the Summary Care Records NHS portal, you need to pass the associated assessment and you can find this here too.

There may also be opportunities to attend a workshop in your local area to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in using SCRs more often in your practice, and to maximise the opportunities they present to improve clinical outcomes for patients.

You can also find additional links to other resources which may be helpful.

Introducing SCR into your practice could make a real difference to the patients visiting your pharmacy. Take the step and begin your learning and assessment today.


This e-learning programme provides information about how to access and use Summary Care Records (SCRs) in community pharmacy to support patient care. The programme defines the NHS policy and context for using SCRs in community pharmacy and the practicalities of how to access and interpret the record are explained. The programme addresses information governance to ensure correct record keeping and confidentiality of patient data.

2h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the Summary Care Record and its appropriate application in community pharmacy
  • apply an appropriate consent process before accessing Summary Care Records
  • explain how to maintain secure records for information governance purposes
  • document accurate information for consultation recording and follow up
  • develop a standard operating procedure governing the use of Summary Care Records in your community pharmacy
  • prioritise how you will use Summary Care Records in your practice.
external resource

SCRa has now moved across to the National Care Records Service. The Summary Care Record itself has not changed; it just now sits in the National Care Records Service instead. You can use the link to find out more about the switchover. There is also further information in the tools section about NCRS.


This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Summary Care Records in community pharmacy programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Summary Care Records in community pharmacy programme. Access and successful completion of this assessment will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. You can share your pass result electronically with the SCR implementation team by ticking the box on your MyCPPE page.
external resource

This link will take you to the main Community Pharmacy England page for SCR.

external resource

This resource will provide you with information on the benefits of using SCR in community pharmacy as well as how to view these.

external resource

SCR is now part of NCRS. This link can provide further information on NCRS.

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