Calculate SCR use for community pharmacy quality payments

Because of its benefits, the use of Summary Care Records was taken into account for funding awards for community pharmacies during 2017-18,  as part of the Quality Payment Scheme. It was announced in March 2018 that the scheme will be continued into 2018-19 as part of interim arrangements for funding for this financial year. Similar to the 2017-18 Quality Points funding arrangements, eligibility is assessed against quality criteria and points awarded for each one fulfilled.

The Summary Care Record quality criterion

The quality payment for SCR use can be claimed at a review point in June 2018. A pharmacy can claim 10 points if they can demonstrate an increase in use of SCR by comparing access figures from two different time periods. They can also claim if they can demonstrate that they have used SCR more than 100 times in both periods, even if there was no increase in use between the two periods.

Review point: 29 June 2018

Pharmacies must show they have used SCR on at least one more separate occasion during period 2, Monday 4 December 2017 to Sunday 1 July 2018, than during period 1, Monday 1 May 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017.

Where a pharmacy has used SCR 100 times or more in both period 1 and period 2, they will not need to demonstrate an increase in access. This recognises pharmacies who are consistently accessing the SCR to support patient care.

SCR in community pharmacy usage calculator 2018-19

If you are a pharmacy contractor, you can use our calculators to check your pharmacy's SCR viewing figures. You can use these to check how your pharmacy is doing and to complete your quality payments return. NHS England will accept an increase from period 1 to period 2 shown in this calculator as evidence of meeting this quality criterion when you fill in the NHS Business Services Authority online declaration.

We are publishing the SCR viewing calculator in a similar format to the one that it was presented in during the 2017-18 quality payments scheme, and also in a new Microsoft Power BI format that is consistent with how NHS Digital now present data for our other products and services.

Updated weekly views will be published in both calculator formats for an initial 4 week period, and then in the new format only. A report will also be made available to enable extraction of the data.

Regular format calculator

To use the calculator:

  • download or open the SCR usage calculator tool
  • select the calculator tab
  • enter your pharmacy's ODS/F code into the blue box
  • press enter to display usage data

If you need to find out your ODS/F code or view more specific information on recorded uses of SCR in your pharmacy, you can search in the analysis or viewing data tabs.

The calculator tool is updated every Thursday to show the latest figures. This version shows data up to 13 May 2018.

New format calculator

To use the new format calculator:

  • access the data
  • enter your pharmacy name or ODS (F) code into the search box
  • select from the list, or scroll through the pharmacy list to select
  • view totals in the box for the latest week available
  • hover over the graph to see earlier weeks' totals
  • scroll to page 2 using the arrows
  • enter your pharmacy name or ODS(F) code as before to view the calculator total

This calculator has been updated to show data up to 13 May 2018.

SCR in community pharmacy usage calculators 2017-18

During 2017-18, NHS Digital published an SCR calculator tool for pharmacy contractors to use to check SCR viewing figures. This could be used to check how each pharmacy was doing at each review point and to complete quality payments returns. NHS England accepted an increase from period 1 to period 2 shown in this calculator as evidence of meeting this quality criterion when the contractor filled in the NHS Business Services Authority online declaration. You can view these for reference.

Final SCR usage calculator for review point 1

Final SCR usage calculator for review point 2