ABOUT US

The PRSB is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development and implementation of standards in health and social care to ensure that information in health and social care records can be accessed by the right people, in the right place, at the right time. We are an established part of the standards infrastructure across the UK, and our standards are recognised widely as the authoritative source of information for achieving standards excellence. 

We are an independent, not for profit, community interest company.

We are UK wide, developing health and care standards across the four nations.

We uniquely represent clinical, social care and people.

Our standards identify the critical set of information needed for safe and high quality care.

We support implementation of standards, helping front line staff to embed standards into everyday practice.

Our goal is that people will only have to share information once, and their records will be available in every care setting including at home.

WHAT WE DO

We develop standards for digital health and social care records, based on evidence and research and agreed by professionals, carers and people who use services. We promote their use and we advance the wider objectives of digital health and care, in order to create safer, more streamlined and efficient services, tailored to each person’s needs.

The PRSB works across the four nations of the United Kingdom. We are a member organisation made up of health and care professional bodies and patient representative groups. We also work closely with people who have used services and systems experts and suppliers. Our work is commissioned by different bodies, including NHS England.

Our standards exist to improve the safety and quality of health and social care, in particular to ensure that the right information is recorded correctly, in the right place, and can be accessed easily, by any authorised person who needs it, wherever they are.

Developing and using digital care records, built on the same standards, means that the information recorded while providing or receiving health or social care can be shared whenever and wherever appropriate. 

PRSB standards are made up of sections such as diagnoses, medications and allergies and a description of the information that should be recorded under each of these sections. These standards are intended for use by all health and care organisations and they support better sharing of information between organisations and individuals.

PRSB standards aim to provide a common language for health and social care so that we can ‘bridge the gap’ and provide truly integrated care with information flowing in real time between health and care staff and systems. 

PRSB has developed a wide range of different standards and guidance for use in clinical and care settings. PRSB standards are published on our website and set out the detailed information models for each standard and the guidance that explains how to implement them in IT systems and use them in clinical and professional practice.

People who use services will only have to share information once, and their records will be available in every care setting including at home. In addition to helping professionals to provide safe and effective care, it also means that people have access to their own records and can take greater control of their care.

The information collected from people can also be used to make care better for the future through audit of existing treatments and services, improving the quality of care and research so we know more about illnesses and develop new and better treatments and care options.

OUR METHODOLOGY

Our work is driven by our membership and by our involvement with public and patient bodies. All our members understand the critical importance of high quality care records and we work together on standard development projects. Early research ensures our work is evidence based, and then developed through consultation with our members and other relevant stakeholders, focusing on frontline staff and people who use the services.

Everyone agrees what information should be recorded at any stage of a person’s treatment to ensure high quality care can be provided. It also means that IT systems can be designed to share and retrieve the relevant information when it is needed across multiple services and care settings.

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GET INVOLVED AND INFLUENCE OUR WORK

We work with health and care professionals, system suppliers, carers and people. We give all our stakeholders an equal voice, actively engaging with our network to identify, develop and support the implementation of standards. Here are some ways you or your organisation can work with us to help us achieve our goals.

Contribute to standards development

Consultation is critical to our work so we can ensure the right information is captured and shared across all of our standards. You can contribute to standards development by attending a webinar or completing a survey for a new standard. Find out more about our open consultations in current projects.

Join our Standards Partnership Scheme

Become a partner and demonstrate your commitment to standards and their implementation. Our Standards Partnership Scheme offers (fee paying) services to suppliers and providers who wish to receive support on getting their systems ready for implementing our standards. 
Find out more.

Stakeholders

Representing a member organisation on our advisory board

Our job is to bring the right people together from across the four nations – clinicians, social care workers, patients and the public. We would like to hear from your organisation if you have an interest in supporting our work and joining our active member advisory board which meets every two months.

Get involved

Feature in a case study or a blog

 Sharing your experience as a health and care professional or as a person who uses services helps us to highlight the benefits of our work through the voices of those who matter most. If you have a story to tell or are currently implementing standards in your organisation, we would like to hear from you.

AGM

Attend our AGM

Our Annual General Meeting showcases the best of our achievements, as well as offers insights into our upcoming goals and priorities for the year ahead.  Our AGM is held each September. Our next date and agenda will be published in 2024 and the event is open to all.