Summary Care Record

The Quality Payments scheme for 2017/18 has now ended. We will update this section when we receive information about the final outcome and plans for any future Quality Payments.

Note: The information on this page is a summary of the requirements. We strongly advise pharmacies to read the full NHS England guidance as well – there are links at the end of this page.

Summary Care Record

Points available: 5 points (£320) available twice a year. You can claim in November even if you received this payment in April.

What’s involved

You must be able to demonstrate your pharmacy used the Summary Care Record more often in period 2 (1st May 2017 – 26th Nov 2017) than in period 1 (3rd Oct 2016 to 30th Apr 2017) or that you accessed the Summary Care Record at least 100 times in each period.

Evidence required & claims process

  • Make the appropriate declaration on your NHS BSA Quality Payments submission.
  • NHS Digital record how many times pharmacies access the Summary Care Record.

 Monitoring your usage

NHS Digital have a usage calculator that’s incredibly easy to use. Just enter your ODS code and it tells you how many times you accessed the Summary Care Record (SCR) in both periods, and whether it has increased or decreased. We’ve shown an example below so you can see how easy it is to use.

We would highly recommend using the calculator to make sure you have actually increased your usage (or used it at least 100 times in each period). The figures are updated every Thursday and include your SCR access up to 23.59 on the Sunday before (i.e. they’re not real-time).

Calculating your final SCR usage before Quality Payments

Your final SCR data will be available for you to view on Thursday 30th November, so you may want to delay making your Quality Payments submission until then. (The NHS BSA portal is open until 23.59 on Friday 8th December.)

You have until 23.59 on Sunday 26th November to use SCR in period 2. Your SCR access up to and including that date will appear on the NHS Digital usage calculator from 10am on Thursday 30th November. Check your final figures before completing your NHS BSA submission. The usage calculator won’t be updated again after that date to avoid confusion during Quality Payments submissions.

NOTE: If you aren’t registered for SCR yet, read our tip guide explaining how to register and start using SCR.

Full guidance from NHS England

This tip-sheet is just a summary. You must also read the full NHS England guidance to make sure you meet the Quality Payments criteria:

If you have any queries about using the Summary Care Record in your pharmacy, contact or 0300 303 5678. 

Last updated 27th December 2017