About Me Standard

About Me information is the most important details that a person wants to share with professionals in health and social care. This information might include how best to communicate with the person, how to help them feel at ease or details about how they like to take their medication. This standard outlines how About Me information should be documented and shared in health and care records.

Current release

Version: V1.2
Release date
April 2021
Release notes
V1.2
Next release date
August 2024
Next release type
Scheduled release
The standard
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Minimum Viable Information Standard (MVIS)
MVIS sets out the data items and business rules that must be implemented to achieve safe, minimum implementation . Read more >
Supporting documentation
Description/purpose
Information standards notice (ISN)
ISNs are published to announce new or changes to information standards published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Implementation guidance
This document includes general implementation guidance for all PRSB standards and detailed guidance, specific to the About Me Standard.
Business rules
Rules for implementation of the standard.
Digital social care final report
Describes the purpose, methodolgy and stakeholder engagement for developing the standard, along with the findings and recommendations for further work.
Safety case report
Summarises the hazards which could result from implementing the standard.
Hazard log
Details the potential hazards from implementing the standard with their risk rating and mitigation.
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Conformant partners

The following Partners have successfully achieved conformance against the About Me Standard.

About this standard

Using About Me information has been shown to achieve huge benefits for people including supporting them through hospital appointments or other care which might not have been possible or resulted in adverse outcomes without understanding key ways to work with the person.

The standard is structured to help both professionals find the information about the person quickly and help people to structure the information they wish to share.

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Scope

About Me is for any person (or their carer/guardian where the person doesn’t have capacity) to share the things that are most important to them with the professionals and carers providing their care. It is intended to be generic and apply to everyone, from those who have complex care and support needs to those who rarely require care and/or support.

It is not intended for repeating information which should be in a person’s record.

How it works

The standard has 7 sections which help to provide an overall structure with setting out the information and prioritising the most important information first. Only relevant sections need to be completed and keeping it prioritised and concise is important for busy professionals reading it. 

The 7 sections are:

  • What’s most important to me
  • People who are important to me
  • How I communicate and how to communicate with me
  • My wellness
  • Please do and please don’t
  • How and when to support me
  • Also worth knowing about me

 

The standard can be completed with just text, or with videos and has implementation guidance for both users and those developing systems. It should be owned by the person who can update it as and when required. It should be shared via a link so professionals access the master version, not old versions copied into local systems.

Examples

To give a clearer idea of how the standard works in practice, PRSB have created some scenario examples.

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Further resources

  • Minimum viability information standard (MVIS)
    PRSB information standards define best practice based on evidence and widescale consultation and input from users and stakeholders. PRSB recognises that the NHS and social care are on a journey towards standardisation and interoperability and our aim is to support and encourage implementers on that journey. For this reason, we have defined and clinically validated a ‘Minimum Viable Information Standard (MVIS)’ for each of our standards which represent the minimum safe instance of the standard and delivers the intended objectives within the spirit of the standard. The MVIS defines the data items and business rules which must be implemented in order to have achieved this minimum instance. It is our aim that implementers will continue to improve their implementation of the standard over time and strive for a ‘best practice’ implementation, supported and evidenced by PRSB conformance testing. Please contact our support team to receive a copy of the MVIS for this standard.
  • Standards explained
    PRSB’s guide to standards which sets out the purpose and benefits of using standards and how to support frontline professionals to adopt them.
  • IHRIM record correction guidance
    Despite vigilance when filing information in records, mistakes can occur. The Institute of Health Records and Information Management has guidance to support professionals in making corrections following errors.

Endorsement

  • British Association for Music Therapy
  • British Dietetic Association
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • Care Provider Alliance
  • Care Software Providers Association (CASPA)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Compassion in Dying
  • Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
  • Institute of Health Records and Information Management
  • Local Government Association
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society