The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has launched the Standards Partnership Scheme to visibly recognise and support vendors across the UK that are implementing professionally endorsed record standards to improve and integrate care through interoperability.
The scheme, which is supported by NHS and social care system leaders, enables Partners to send a strong signal to customers and stakeholders that they are at the forefront of the drive toward standards and interoperability in the NHS and social care.
The Standards Partnership Scheme offers a targeted, practical support programme for partners that includes tailored workshops, briefings and guidance, as well as networking opportunities for Partners to contribute and influence standards development and priority setting. An annual fee will entitle organisations to access responsive advice and guidance on implementing standards and learn more about our standards and future priorities from the experts who develop them.
Our scheme is about co-production and mutual learning. Vendors will improve, local adoption of standards will improve, and the standards themselves will improve as we learn from real experience of implementing – so that they are useful, usable and used.
Vendors that want to demonstrate organisational best practice and standards conformance should apply to be a Quality Partner. For Quality Partners we will set an achievable bar for conformance with standards that is safe and delivers clinical value, recognising that best practice may take a little longer. The bar will move upwards over time as the system matures and we all learn. The scheme is designed to be developmental and will flex to meet the needs of different health tech organisations, no matter what their size or level of digital maturity.
PRSB will also shortly be introducing a local provider partnership offer that includes training, support and advice for implementing standards and using them to support information sharing within their organisations and for continuity of care across settings and services.
Partners will join one of the largest professional networks in health and care across the UK that is committed to ensuring that standards are useful, usable and used to support better and safer health and care.
Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the PRSB, said: “Clinical standards enable health and care professionals to swiftly access the crucial information they need to support the delivery of good quality, personalised care. “Through our new partnership community, vendors will get the chance to work closely with clinical and professional leaders, system leaders and patient advocacy groups to make these standards work in action.”
David Turner, Chief Technology Officer at NHSX added: “At NHSX we work closely with the PRSB and other partners to drive the adoption of standards to support better care and improved interoperability. This new partnership scheme is an important contribution to developing a truly joined up health and care system. Now is the time for vendors, clinicians, social care workers to join forces and adopt standards for a future focused on better, safer and more integrated health and care.”