Summary Care Records - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Summary Care Records programme

Summary Care Records (SCR) enhance the efficiency, accuracy and safety of patient care by allowing NHS staff to securely view key patient clinical information held at their GP practice.

This short e-learning course covers:

  • An overview of the Summary Care Records service
  • How SCR works and what a patients typical SCR looks like
  • What is required to access the service
  • How to ensure that access to patient details using the SCR remain safe and secure
  • What enriched SCR look like with Additional Information
  • Video case studies to understand where SCR can be, and is, used

This single module includes an assessment that allows the user to test their knowledge against what is learnt during the course.

More information

The Summary Care Records service is a free solution that gives clinical staff access to key ‘core’ information about a patient’s medications, their allergies and any adverse reactions to medication that they have, which is held within their patient record at their GP practice. This service is used for the provision of direct patient care in some locations providing the following care:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Acute Assessment units
  • Minor Injuries
  • Out of Hours provision
  • 111
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health
  • Community Care
  • GP practice (for temporary patients, regional visitors)
  • Prisons

Open access session

The purpose of this training is to provide potential users with an overview of the Summary Care Records service and a step-by-step guide on how to use it, together with the elements that you need to be aware of to protect you and patients when accessing patient data. There are new sections relating to the enriched contents of SCR and video case studies to see where SCR can be, and is, used.
There is also an opportunity to test your understanding with our simple quiz.

Please note that if you access the content below your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the e-LfH Hub.

  • Summary Care Records

    Summary Care Records (SCR) allows authorised healthcare staff to view patient information in real-time.

Meet the team

  • Richard McStay - NHS Digital

    Richard McStay

    National Delivery Manager (North, Midlands and East of England), NHS Digital
  • Libby Pink

    Libby Pink

    National Delivery Manager (London, South of England), NHS Digital

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Summary Care Records programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Summary Care Records programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies