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Decision tool for pharmacists accessing patient records


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Decision tool for pharmacists accessing patient records

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has produced a decision tool for community pharmacists as a guide to accessing a patient’s electronic summary care record (SCR).

SCRs are an electronic summary of key clinical information about patients taken from their NHS GP record. Authorised healthcare professionals who join a controlled scheme can view a patient’s SCR, once the patient has consented, to find out clinical information required for clinical decision making.

The RPS’s decision tool covers governance requirements for accessing a patient’s SCR, plus potential scenarios where there may be a professional clinical need to do so.