About Me

About Me information is the most important details that a person wants to share with professionals in health and social care.

About Me 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. Information that does not seem a high priority for one of us might be particularly important for someone else, such as who is looking after a pet when a person is admitted to hospital.

The PRSB has now published a standard outlining how About Me information should be documented and shared in health and care records. The standard includes a final report with the findings from a national survey as well as implementation guidance.

The About me information will be incorporated into the Core information standard and the Digital care and support plan standard during the next update in Spring 2021. The standard is being published in draft form while endorsement is sought from relevant professional bodies and stakeholder groups.

Sharing information across health and social care

The 'About Me' information standard is part of a wider set of standards published in November 2020. PRSB was asked by NHS Digital to help to create national standards for sharing information between health and social care, drawing on the learning from successful local projects to speed up national roll out and adoption.   

The five new standards outline key information, such as how someone’s needs might change after being in hospital and how this needs to be recorded. More than 1000 people helped to develop the standards, including people who use services, carers and frontline professionals. 

Why is 'About Me' so important?

Clinical Informatics Lead of the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital, Keith Strahan, explains the crucial importance of 'About Me' information in records. 

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.