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Summary Care Record application (SCRa)

An application which allows health and care professionals to view clinical and demographic information.

This service is being replaced by the National Care Records Service (NCRS)

The Summary Care Record application is being replaced by the National Care Records Service (NCRS). To move over to NCRS, complete the NCRS new interest form.

National data sharing GP Connect and Summary Care Record Additional Information

The temporary changes made to GP Connect and Summary Care Record Additional Information in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue beyond the end of the Control of Patient Information (COPI) Notice


What SCRa is

SCRa is a web based application which allows health and care professionals to view clinical and demographic information using:

SCRa provides a way to view a Summary Care Record (SCR).

SCR can also be accessed using integrated viewers in existing clinical systems, for example Adastra (Advanced Health and Care), Web (EMIS) and SystmOne (TPP).


How to use SCRa

To use SCRa, a user requires a smartcard, passcode and relevant role for authentication.

Connection requirements

To access SCRa, you will need:

Connecting community pharmacies

NHS Digital is working to make sure all community pharmacies can view Summary Care Records (SCR). See the Summary Care Record (SCR) in community pharmacy page for full details.


Summary Care Record application (SCRa) coronavirus (COVID-19) information

To help the NHS to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are providing coronavirus vaccination event information and additional information in Summary Care Records for patients by default, unless they have previously told the NHS that they did not want their information to be shared. 

There will also be a temporary change to include COVID-19 codes on the patient’s SCR. Users of the Summary Care Record application and the 1-Click Service will be made aware of specific suspected and confirmed COVID-19 information by a message box displayed on the SCR.

SCRa has been updated to support the process which allows citizens to apply for official proof that, for medical reasons, they’re unable to be vaccinated and/or tested for COVID-19 for medical reasons.


Help to improve access to patient records

We would like to know more about how health and care professionals access patient records, to better understand how we can tailor future developments to meet their needs. Join our user research group.


Contact details

Please email your enquiries to: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk and reference the SCRa.


Further information

internal National Care Records Service (NCRS)

The National Care Records Service provides a quick, secure way to access national patient information to improve clinical decision making and healthcare outcomes and it is free to use.

internal 1-Click Service support for system suppliers

The 1-Click Service is a simpler and less resource intensive method of viewing  Summary Care Record Application (SCRa) supported services within local applications. This page provides information for system suppliers deploying 1-Click Service functionality.

internal Summary Care Record application (SCRa) COVID-19 Exemptions Information

We've updated one of our systems, the Summary Care Record application (SCRa), to record and display essential information about a patient's COVID-19 exemption status to support patients who are exempt on medical grounds to be recorded for exemption from COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

Last edited: 2 December 2022 10:15 am