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A flag is presented on the SCR screen to highlight when a patient has Additional Information on their SCR, as well as the core information on medicines, allergies and adverse reactions. This information may include:
long term conditions such as diabetes or dementia
details of their carer
You must always ask the patient for permission to view their SCR. Access will be audited by the Privacy Officer to make sure that all users are following the rules for information governance.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) SCR guidance
The RPS has developed guidance for pharmacists on how to use SCR and how to make the most of it to help patients, improve efficiency and be more effective.
Flexible access to essential digital tools for community pharmacy teams
Temporary smartcard positions have been created that will provide flexibility to approximately 19,000 pharmacists and over 3,500 pharmacy technicians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The new position has already been granted to existing locum pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to ensure consistent access to SCR from wherever they are working. This work is being done centrally, with no action required by individuals.
If you already have SCR enabled on your smartcard and have already been verified via the NHS Digital process to check eligibility, then you do not need to contact NHS Digital for access. You can liaise directly with your Registration Authority to reinstate your SCR access.
Check if you have access
You can check if you have the Locum access by going through the log into SCR process and checking if you have the FFFFF organisation code alongside the other organisations code you previously had.
If you are a qualified pharmacist or pharmacy technician and do not have the FFFFF organisation code on your card there are now 2 routes for the Covid-19 period only.
If you urgently need Locum access to help during the Covid-19 pandemic only then your local registration authority can add it for you as a temporary measure.
If you wish to have Locum access after Covid-19, then you need to apply via the usual route outlined in 'getting started with SCR'. This is because the covid position will end when the Pandemic is under control.