Hospital referral for assessment for community care and support

Improving information sharing between health and social care is critical to professionals who care for people and the health and wellbeing of people themselves.  

The Hospital referral for assessment for community care and support is the information required in respect of a person being referred for ongoing community assessment for social care and support after a hospital stay.

This 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 Hospital referral for assessment for community care and support 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.