Improving medications safety

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.

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

Next steps

The consultation process has now been completed the final report is in the process of being sent out for endorsement. If you would like more information, please contact