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Transfer of Care Initiative

To support the delivery of high quality care, there's an increasing need to share information more efficiently and consistently across health and social care.

Transfer of Care Initiative resource library
A resource library of downloadable implementation guidance and supporting materials.

Implementing eDischarge summary headings in England
As part of the NHS England Standard Contract, organisations need to use consistent clinical content headings when sharing discharge summaries.

Implementing Emergency Care discharge summaries in England
As part of the NHS England Standard Contract, providers must have aligned their Emergency Care discharges with the nationally published specification.

The Transfer of Care Initiative aims to improve patient care by promoting and encouraging the use of professional and technical document standards.

Professional standards

Professional record standards for electronic record keeping are a fundamental element of successful IT enabled care and interoperability.

In order to record, share and access health data consistently across care settings, the structure and content of electronic health records needs to be standardised. The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) produce standards for the way care records should be structured.

We are currently developing and implementing The Academy of Medical Royal College (AoMRC) Professional Standards, as part of the Transfer of Care initiative.

The AoMRC Standards were adopted by the PRSB and are supported by The National Information Board framework for action (November 2014) which states:

'We propose the adoption of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges' publication Standards for the clinical structure and content of patient records, with a requirement that all organisations and clinical systems should implement the standards'.

Benefits of standards

Using standards in electronic healthcare records allows clinical information to be recorded, exchanged and accessed consistently to deliver high quality care to patients. Other benefits include:

  • improved patient care and safety due to the availability of complete, accurate and timely information
  • reduction in the risk of missing or inappropriate critical clinical information
  • reduction in costs by removing the administrative task of correcting information

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June 2016

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Transfer of Care resource library

Find out about and download our eDischarge Summary and Transfer of Care resources.

eDischarge summaries

Find out about eDischarge summaries, along with advice on how to implement them and how to self-assess your organisation.

Emergency Care discharge summaries

Find out about Emergency Care discharge summaries including advice on how they should be implemented in England

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