New standards body for health and care records

HEALTH and social care records will now be overseen by a new standards body.

The Professional Record Standards Body will ensure consistency in structure and content as well as offering advice and developing new standards.

The PRSB says it will be the first point of call for professionals, professional organisations, service providers, commissioners, policy makers and system suppliers for expertise and all matters relating to care records. It will make sure the needs of those who provide and receive care “can be fully expressed in health and social care records.” It has the backing of nearly all the medical colleges including the Royal College of Physicians and the RCGP.

PRSB chair Professor Iain Carpenter said: “The creation of the PRSB will help organise the structure and content of health and care records around the needs of patients and the health and care sectors.”

He said it would act in partnership with the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure a “joined-up approach to record standards development.”

He added: “By uniting the development of both health and social care records, it will underpin and support the new commissioning structures and aim to ensure that patients no longer fall between the gaps created by separate record systems.”

Members are invited to join from all the professional bodies and associations involved in the delivery of health and social care services, and those representing patients, service users and carers, including the four UK nations.

The idea for the group was first proposed by a Joint Working Group formed by the Department of Health Informatics Directorate in England.

Find out more at www.theprsb.org.uk