Quality Payments: Have you accessed the SCR portal?

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Quality Payments: Have you accessed the SCR portal?

February 19, 2019

Community pharmacy contractors who have not been validated as meeting the Warranted Environment Specification (WES) gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) are reminded of the need for a pharmacy professional to access the Summary Care Record (SCR) portal by Thursday 21st February 2019 if they want their pharmacy to be assessed to see if, in the fourth assessment period, their pharmacy meets the WES gateway criterion.

Pharmacy professionals do not need to access an individual patient’s SCR for their pharmacy to be assessed; they just need to open the ‘Find a patient’ screen, as shown below, for NHS Digital to be able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details. NHSBSA can then use this data to assess whether the pharmacy has met the WES gateway criterion.

If a pharmacy professional is using a locum Smartcard (FFFFF smartcard) and is accessing the SCR portal to allow a pharmacy to be assessed to see if it meets the WES gateway criterion, it is important that the correct dispensing site (pharmacy) is selected and that the process of logging in to the ‘Find a patient’ screen is completed within 10 minutes. If this process does not occur within 10 minutes, for example, if the pharmacist is called away to talk to a patient and therefore does not complete the process of logging in to the SCR portal until later (and this is over 10 minutes), NHS Digital will not, on that occasion, be able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details for NHSBSA to assess if the pharmacy has met the WES gateway criterion.

Contractors who have not yet been validated as meeting the WES gateway criterion will receive an email from NHSBSA next week (week commencing 25th February 2019) which will state if they have then been validated as meeting the WES gateway criterion.

Data used to validate whether a contractor has met the gateway criterion will cover the period 8th February 2019 – 21st February 2019.



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