Digital care and support planning standard

From diabetes to cancer and other problems, more people than ever are living with long-term conditions in the UK. As a result, there has been a national drive towards providing patients with long-term, personalised care plans.

Project overview

The PRSB is working in partnership with North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to develop the digital care and support planning standard, so that these plans can be effectively shared between patients, carers and all the health and care professionals involved in that person's care.

Developing a standard for generic care planning, including end of life treatment, will contribute towards the creation of a more joined-up care system. Standards will also help to enable people to manage their own care, with the support of a wide range of services including GPs, hospitals, occupational therapy and social care.

The standard will help citizens and health and care professionals to get the right information when they need it, in order to personalise care, and improve the experience for the patient, their carer and their families.

While the initial standard will focus on generic care planning, there will be further developments in specialist care areas in future.

The project will build on existing national and international work on integrated care planning, linking closely with the integrated care planning collaborative, the Healthy London Partnership and the North West London Collaboration of CCGs. NHS Digital is also engaged in the project to develop technical specifications which can be implemented on health and social care IT systems.

Seeking involvement from health and social care professionals

The first phase of the project, which started in March, involves gathering evidence and good practice examples. We are currently seeking contributions from professionals across health and social care and invite you to contact us at with any examples.

The second phase of the project will begin in May, with a consultation process including workshops and a survey. We expect the final standard to be endorsed and published by the end of the year.

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Julie Hunt

Jun 23, 2017 (09:12am)

This information is very useful. Thank you