Summary Care Records - elearning 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 elearning 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. The original scope of the Summary Care Record (SCR) was to provide access to key information in Urgent and Emergency Care settings. Overtime through close consultation with the Expert Advisory Committee, NHS Digital have progressed a number of proof of concepts to see whether there are benefits, both for patients and health care professionals, for other care settings to access the SCR.

Whilst there is an active proof of concept with a particular care setting, further roll out is not approved for that care setting. Any care setting outside the above are currently out of scope for SCR. However if you feel that there is a use case for a new care setting to access the SCR, please contact the SCR comms mailbox at
For training support or questions regarding Summary Care Records (SCR) please contact

  • The following care settings are approved for national rollout to view the SCR where a legitimate relationship exists

  • The following care settings are currently either being discussed or there is an active proof of concept but are not approved for further rollout:

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 elfh Hub.

  • Summary Care Records

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

Meet the team

  • Robert Jordan

    Robert Jordan

    SCR Product Manager, Operations Team, NHS Digital

How to access

In order to access the Summary Care Records programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Summary Care Records programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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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 elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Summary Care Records programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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