The Transfer of Care Initiative aims to improve patient care by promoting and encouraging the use of standards, combined within NHS Digital defined Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to achieve interoperability of systems across different care settings.
The focus of this work is on the digital sharing of structured discharge and clinic attendance documents sent from secondary care to primary care.
Use of the APIs ensure that information follows the person and continuity of care is maintained because services are better connected. In future years additional use cases may be progressed to create APIs across any health and social care setting. Previous interoperability work between secondary care and social care organisations is covered separately in the Assessment Discharge and Withdrawal (ADW) specification.
When secondary care suppliers correctly implement against the Transfer of Care APIs for discharge and clinic attendance, their resulting correspondence solution will have compatibility with the receive capability that GP Foundation IT suppliers in England are obliged to provide.
The make-up of the Transfer of Care APIs can be described in terms of a set of layered standards. A fully compliant Transfer of Care solution treats these layers as indivisible.