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.

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e-learning

Summary Care Records in community pharmacy


  • Released: 11/2015
  • Reviewed: 09/2023
  • Study time: 2h:0m

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.

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.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants