According to the NHS Digital, 50 per cent of community pharmacies in England now have access to the summary of patients’ GP record. It said this means about 6,000 pharmacies in England use summary care records, which provides key clinical information about a patient, sourced from the GP record.
The accomplishment comes only 1 year after NHS Digital started the national rollout of Summary Care Record to community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. SCR are being rolled out in a bid to reduce the need to take up GP consultations and better tailor patients’ care.
Until now, more than 20,000 pharmacy professionals have completed online SCR training, and nearly 90% of community pharmacies have participated in briefing sessions to support their implementation of Summary Care Record, NHS Digital said.
It added that the top ten community pharmacies for Summary Care Record usage are accessing it 50 times a week on average.
Using Summary Care Record benefits pharmacy professionals from better clinical decision-making, less calls to GP surgeries and reduced patient waiting times. It supports the wider responsibility of pharmacy, by providing patient information to help people with long-term conditions or complex drug treatments. It also helps pharmacy to become the first port of call for minor conditions, helping to free up resource within general practice and A&E.
The Programme Head for Integrated Pharmacy at NHS Digital, Mohammed Hussain said that the half of community pharmacies now have access to SCR, which is really encouraging. It allows pharmacies to support patient with better-informed and tailored care.
He further added that accessing SCR will also become a National Health Service (NHS) England measure under the Quality Payments Scheme for community pharmacy from April 2017. It helps to drive up quality of care in this setting.
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