SCR and the NHS

SCR and the NHS

A number of organisations and people are involved with the implementation and technical oversight of the SCR.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital (formerly Health and Social Care Information Centre, HSCIC) manage the national infrastructure for a variety of NHS IT projects including the SCR.

NHS Digital has been commissioned by NHS England to lead on the implementation of SCR into community pharmacies. Rollout has now commenced, and is forecast to be complete by autumn 2017.

The SCR website address is General NHS Digital Contact Centre details are included here, whilst details for local implementation staff are here.

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NHS IT Operating Model

NHS England are responsible for undertaking a range of tasks that support pharmacies in accessing and using national NHS IT applications.

The document, “Securing excellence in IT Services” sets out NHS organisational responsibilities in relation to IT. NHS England, through its local teams may either provide support functions itself or make arrangements for commissioning support units (CSUs) or any other IT provider to deliver them.

GP IT services will be managed by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on behalf of NHS England. A CCG may choose to provide support functions to GP practices itself or make arrangements to commission support from CSUs or another IT provider – whilst it is possible that in some areas, NHS England and CCGs will commission the same CSU to provide SCR support for pharmacies and GPs respectively, this may not always be the case.

Arrangements for distribution of Smartcards

NHS England through its local teams is responsible for the issue of Smartcards and commissions local Registration Authorities (RAs) to carry out this function.

Contractors should report any concerns about the adequacy of local RA arrangements to LPCs. LPCs can escalate concerns to PSNC.

The NHS Digital central Smartcard team issue policy and guidance for use by the RAs.

Authorising payment of the one-off £200 SCR allowance

NHS England through its local teams will be responsible for authorisation of the SCR allowance (Drug Tariff Part VIA).

General Support for Deployment

A member of staff from each pharmacy will need to take part in SCR briefing. This will involve the need to attend a NHS Digital or NHS Digital approved  event which may be held by CSUs, CCGs, local NHS England teams or the organisation itself. LPCs may assist with raising awareness about such events.

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