This Booking and Referral Standard (BaRS) is an interoperability standard that enables booking and referral information to be shared efficiently and securely between healthcare IT systems and across care settings.
We're building the necessary national infrastructure and components that underpins delivery of BaRS. Initially, it will be implemented in two care journeys:
- between 999 and NHS 111 Clinical Assessment Services (CAS)
- between NHS 111 and emergency departments (also known as accident and emergency or A&E)
We'll use the experience gained from these two initial implementations to improve BaRS ahead of making it available to other care settings over the next few years.
Using this implementation guide
These pages provide guidance on how to implement BaRS and gain accreditation where required. They cover everything from use cases for booking and referrals through to authentication.
You can use it to support your analysis and define the scope of your solution.
As a developer, you need to use this documentation to understand:
- error handling
- non-functional requirements
It also includes resources for stakeholders such as project managers, business analysts, commissioners and NHS service providers who are involved at every stage of going live with a solution.
We recommend you use the quick start guide which outlines the key resources and guidance available for developing to the Booking and Referral Standard (BaRS) at each stage of a typical project lifecycle.