The PRSB is working on new standards to define how medication dose and timings are communicated digitally between systems in all care settings.


When people move between different healthcare settings, it’s important that the information about their medications can be shared easily with all the professionals involved in their care. At the moment, hospital and primary care clinicians prescribe differently which means that details about medications and their use instructions vary between settings. The information has to be checked and sometimes translated manually by clinicians when a person’s care moves from one service to another. This is time consuming and can lead to errors in translation and transcription.

New technical guidance will define how to communicate medication dose and timings digitally between systems in all care settings without any change or loss of accuracy or meaning. This will make it easier for clinicians to provide the right care and will improve medication safety for patients.

Consultation process

We’d like to invite patients, carers, health and social care professionals and vendors across all sectors to complete our survey by 14 Feb, which will help us to make sure we achieve clarity and consensus on the guidance and standards.


We are also hosting a series of webinars which you can take part in to help advise on this.

  • Webinar: Professionals and patients
    A webinar for professionals and patients will take place on 7 February from 1-2pm,
  • Webinars: Informaticians
    Two more webinars for informaticians will take place on 14 February and 28 February, both from 10am to 11am. If you’d like to get involved with these, please contact

Who will be involved?

The project will engage with the following stakeholders

  • Primary care clinicians
  • Secondary care clinicians
  • Community care clinicians
  • The public
  • Primary and secondary care administrators and document managers
  • NHS Digital
  • System suppliers

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information about this project or would like to find out how you can get involved please contact

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