Records, Data security & IG

Published on: 9th February 2022 | Updated on: 15th March 2022

Data security and information governance covers many topics related to the protection of data, systems, and networks.


Electronic health records

This section of the website summarises information and current policy on digital electronic health records (EHRs) including the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR).

Policy (EHR) Community pharmacies and patients are being provided with an increased ability to use EHRs where appropriate consent is arranged.
EHR list Many record-sharing projects are being developed nationally (e.g. SCR) and locally (e.g. Shared Care Records such as Leeds Care Record).
SCR This is an electronic summary of key clinical information (including medicines, allergies and adverse reactions) about a patient, sourced from the GP record.
Shared Care Records (ShCRs) ShCRs should be accessible for those health and care staff which need to access information or record information into it for others.
System supplier integration and write access There are a range of providers marketing shared electronic health record solutions. PSNC is supportive of providing healthcare professionals including community pharmacists with appropriate role-based read and write access to EHRs where patients have provided consent. Such access has the potential to greatly improve patient outcomes.

Other EHR topics

Reasonable Adjustment Flag (RAF) information

NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit

NHS services providers, including community pharmacy contractors, must give assurances to the NHS each year on their data security and protection systems and procedures, by completing the Toolkit.

Read more and visit the guidance at:

Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPTK)

Other data security topics (a-z)



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