Quality Payments: Are you using the SCR calculator ahead of the June review point?


Quality Payments: Are you using the SCR calculator ahead of the June review point?

June 4, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that NHS Digital has updated the Summary Care Record (SCR) calculator webpage, for the June 2018 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. This includes a new, more user-friendly format calculator.

The calculator is designed to assist contractors in monitoring their SCR usage to meet the SCR quality criterion, which requires contractors to be able to demonstrate on the day of the review (29th June 2018):

  • a total increase in access to SCR from period 1 to period 2 as defined below; or
  • to have accessed the SCR 100 times or more in both period 1 and period 2.
Period 1 Period 2
For 29th June 2018 review point Monday 1st May 2017 to Sunday 26th November 2017 Monday 4th December 2017 to Sunday 1st July 2018

The SCR calculator shows the number of times a pharmacy has viewed the SCR in period 1 and period 2.

SRC resources

The following resources provide guidance and examples for pharmacy professionals on when they could consider accessing a patient’s SCR (with the patient’s consent), which may assist contractors with increasing their SCR usage ahead of the next review point:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How frequently is the SCR calculator updated?
The SCR calculator does not provide live information; it is only updated weekly on Thursdays (with the previous week’s viewing figures as of the end of Sunday). The calculator states the date of the data being used.

Q. How do I view and use the new format SCR calculator information?
NHS Digital are now publishing the calculator in a new, more user-friendly format. To use the new format calculator:

  • access the data;
  • use the arrows at the bottom to scroll between weekly SCR views and the QP calculator;
  • enter your pharmacy name or ODS (F) code into the search box;
  • select from the list, or scroll through the pharmacy list to select; and
  • view totals in the box (correct as of the date the data was extracted).

Q. Can I still view the regular format SCR calculator (Excel spreadsheet)?
For at least the next four weeks, NHS Digital will also publish the calculator in spreadsheet format, for those that need to use this format; the regular format calculator uploads may not continue from May 2018. SCR usage data in raw spreadsheet format will continue to be published for those that need to use this spreadsheet data for their bespoke analysis.

More FAQs and guidance on SCR use


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