Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Demonstrable access to SCR

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Demonstrable access to SCR

Community pharmacy contractors passing the gateway criteria will receive a payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme if they meet one or more of the domains. The digital enablers domain consists of two quality criteria, one of which is:

‘On the day of the declaration, the pharmacy can demonstrate access to SCR by having accessed the SCR between 00:00 on 1st October 2019 and the day of the declaration.’.


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NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance

How to achieve this quality criterion

To claim for this quality criterion, the pharmacy must be able to demonstrate access to the SCR between 00:00 on 1 October 2019 and the day of their declaration.

Once the pharmacy implements access to SCR, it can view SCR on the spine portal. Please note that a valid smartcard is required for this. Further information is available on the SCR page of the PSNC website.

Users of web-based systems such as Sonar and PharmOutcomes can now also access SCR via the SCR 1-click functionality these systems provide. The 1-click function allows pharmacy professionals logged in on their smartcard to click straight through to a selected patient’s SCR, without having to log in separately and complete a manual search.

Contractors are encouraged to check if they have met the Summary Care Record (SCR) quality criterion of the PQS by accessing NHS Digital’s weekly spreadsheet of SCR viewing figures for community pharmacy. Contractors can also access a data visualisation tool to view their SCR viewing figures on a graph on a week-by-week basis.

View the weekly spreadsheet and data visualisation tool

In order to meet the SCR quality criterion, contractors must demonstrate access to the SCR between 00:00 on 1st October 2019 and the day of their declaration (contractors must make a declaration between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020).

Since the spreadsheet shows weekly data (from Monday to Sunday) a separate spreadsheet is also available on the NHS Digital website to show which contractors accessed the SCR from Tuesday 1st October to Sunday 6th October 2019 (excluding Monday 30th September 2019). PSNC has combined this data  to make this easier for contractors to view.

View PSNC’s amended weekly spreadsheet (SCR accesses between 1st and 6th October 2019)

The NHS Digital weekly spreadsheet of SCR viewing figures will be updated each week on a Thursday; access will not show immediately on the weekly spreadsheet as it shows the previous week’s data (from Monday-Sunday).

Contractors are advised to confirm that any SCR access on or after 1st October 2019 has been recorded in the weekly spreadsheet of SCR viewing figures and keep a screenshot of this for validation purposes.

If a contractor believes that they have accessed the SCR and it is not included in the published data, they should contact scrpharmacy@nhs.net.

Pharmacies that currently do NOT have SCR access

Further information on how to get SCR access can be found on the SCR page of the PSNC website.

FAQs

FAQs on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme can be found on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme – FAQs page.

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