SCRs with additional information – NHS Digital want your views


SCRs with additional information – NHS Digital want your views

July 20, 2018

NHS Digital has launched a survey to assess the benefits and disadvantages of ‘Additional Information’ being available for those healthcare staff who view Summary Care Records (SCR).

More than 96% of the English population has an SCR with the core information. Patients may also agree that their general practice adds other useful content beyond the core information. Over 1.6 million patients have consented to adding this additional information to their SCR and this number is rising by more than 18,000 patients each week.

When present in the GP health record, SCRs with additional information can contain the following:

  • Significant medical history and procedures (past and present);
  • Reason for medication;
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long-term conditions);
  • Communication preferences (as per the Accessible information national dataset);
  • End of life care information (as per the Palliative Care Co-ordination national dataset);
  • Immunisations; and
  • Contact details for family, carers and healthcare professionals.

If this additional information is available to community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, this is likely to have benefits for patient care provided by community pharmacies.

Pharmacy staff and others may take part by completing the online SCR additional information survey; it should take around 5-10 minutes to complete depending on your answers. The deadline for responding is 21st September 2018.

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