Supporting Documents

People with mental health problems need good, joined up physical and mental health care, both in hospital and the community. Information sharing is key to providing seamless care.

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Please note the following changes have been made to the standard contents (05.04.2018):

  • Under Person completing the record - added Professional identifier and Organisation
  • Under Person completing the record - clinical summary – added Formulation
  • Under A&A – added severity, certainty and evidence
  • Under Discharge  - Discharge destination cluster (description added)


Successful joined up care depends on GPs, community and acute mental health care teams and social care professionals all having access to timely information about a persons care and treatment. The PRSB has developed the mental health discharge summary standard to ensure that relevant information is shared, so professionals can provide continuity of care when an adult is discharged from mental health services. It includes information on patient history and social context, medications, the details of their hospital admission, as well as current and previous diagnoses.

The mental health discharge summary will improve professional communication between the patient's secondary care providers to their GP. It is very important to recognise the different nature of mental illness to physical illness and disease including the different methods of treatments and imperative follow-up care after discharge. The language used in the headings and in the clinical descriptions has been modified, where necessary, to be more inclusive and sympathetic to the nature of mental illness and processes of care. This project supports the NHS Digital and NHS England interoperability work 

Supporting documents for Mental health discharge summary standard

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Final Mental Health Discharge Summary Report v1.3
Download the final report outlining the project phases, consultations and outcomes.

Implementation Guidance
Download the implementation guidance to accompany this standard

The standard contents - Mindmap version
View the Inpatient mental health discharge standard as a mindmap.
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Transfers of Care clinical safety case report
The combined Clinical Safety Case document sets out the work done to manage clinical safety risks associated with four PRSB transfer of care projects between hospital and general practice. These include the e-discharge summary, mental health discharge summary, emergency care (EC) discharge summary and outpatient letter standards.

The Hazard Log records both generic and specific implementation hazards identified during the transfer of care projects. It includes associated mitigations and actions as well as guidance for system developers and implementers:

Draft technical (FHIR) specifications for eDischarge standard


The Mental health inpatient discharge standard is endorsed by the following organisations:

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • RCoA
  • Institute of Health Records and Information Management
  • TechUK