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Guide to Smartcards

Guide to Smartcards

We often receive queries relating to NHS Smartcards, such as what they are and how to get one. We’ve put together the following guide to advise locums on the importance of Smartcards and how to go about getting one.

What is a Smartcard?

A Smartcard is an important tool which allows pharmacists to work in a variety of locations and have access to that pharmacy’s Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). Having a Smartcard is vital as a locum pharmacist. In some pharmacies, you will not be able to book shifts without a Smartcard.

Additionally, the Smartcard also serves as a form of data protection; safeguarding clinical and personal information on the EPS from any individuals who are not cleared to access it.

Who needs a Smartcard?

Smartcards are necessary for locum pharmacists, technicians and dispensers, and relief pharmacists, looking to work shifts in various locations.

How to Get a Smartcard:

The Registration Authority is responsible for issuing and managing Smartcards in your area. They will be your point of contact to ensure that your Smartcard remains registered with all relevant pharmacies, and kept up to date with any software or technology updates.

The process has three stages:

  • As a locum pharmacist, you can contact your local Registration Authority directly.
  • The Registration Authority will carry out an identity check. (This includes a face-to-face meeting, documentation and identity check, identity confirmed by another person, acceptance of terms and conditions, RA to check that all steps are complete.)
  • The Registration Authority will issue your Smartcard.

For more information about Smartcards, you should visit the PSNC Website.

Posted on 21 September 2022 by Hannah Phipps
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