Summary Care Records

The NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic summary of key clinical information (including medicines, allergies and adverse reactions) about a patient, sourced from the GP record. More information on SCR can be found at CPE.

The National Care Records Service (NCRS) portal replaced the SCRa application portal in 2023 and pharmacy professionals can test out NCRS by going to (on their Patient Medical Record (PMR) machines with their Smartcard) and dummy test patient NHS numbers are available.

All staff accessing SCR should have the correct SCR code added to their Smartcard and must have completed the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education online SCR training and assessment module prior to accessing the SCR.

CPE have created a Summary Care Record checklist and all staff should watch the two webinars recorded by CPE (links are lower down the CPE page).

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has also launched an e-learning programme on the use of Summary Care Records in community pharmacy intended for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pre-registration trainees who are about to begin using the SCR.