17 March 2017

PRSB publishes mental health and crisis care standards

New standards will improve mental health and crisis care

13 March 2017


PRSB introduces new standards to improve crisis care and mental health care

New standards to improve patient care records in mental health and crisis care have been published by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).

The PRSB is working with the NHS and social care to develop standards for information in care records, that will allow them to be shared digitally so comprehensive records are available immediately to health and care professionals. This will improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.

Crisis Care Standard

The new standard includes information on end of life care plans for terminally ill patients, to support better coordination of treatment in primary, acute and community care, as well as hospices, care homes, and social services. It will also help patients to avoid unnecessary admissions and procedures. After a patient receives care in a crisis situation, a record will be shared digitally with other services when the care is transferred.

More information on the standard can be found online here: crisis care standard

Mental Health Discharge Summary Standard

Sharing care information for patients being discharged from mental health services can ensure they benefit from effective aftercare from their GP. The Mental Health Discharge Summary is used for adult patients who are discharged from a mental health service, such as a hospital, to the care of their GP practice. The standard was developed in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), as well as other professional and patient groups. It includes information on patient history, such as medications, the details of their hospital admission, as well as current and previous diagnoses.

More information on the standard can be found online here: mental health discharge summary standard.

"One million people are seen every 36 hours in the NHS and their care records are fundamental to good care. Patients and professionals tell us they want their records to be available at the time the patient is receiving care. These new standards are a great step forward in providing better care using the power of digital technology," said chief executive of the PRSB, Lorraine Foley.

Editor's notes:
The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) develops standards for digital health and care records, based on research evidence and agreed by professionals and patients. It promotes the use of standards so that people can receive safe, effective care. For further information, you can contact the PRSB at support@theprsb.org or ring 020 7922 7976.

NHS Digital is creating the technical messaging standards for both the crisis care and mental health standards. You can find further information on this here: http://developer.nhs.uk/downloads-data/structured.

The Transfer of Care (ToC) initiative is part of a wider programme run by NHS Digital. Its primary purpose is the establishment and uptake of consistent professional and technical data standards across the health and care sector, with particular focus on the documentation which accompanies a patient's transfer of care. This
includes discharge from hospitals to GP care, as well as transfers between different practices and services.

The Crisis Care Standard was funded by the Healthy London Partnership (HLP) Interoperability Programme, which is sponsored by 32 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England (London Region). Its aim is to take London from seventh to first position in the global healthy city rankings.

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