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New clinical record standards to support seamless care

New record standards which will allow information about patients to be shared more accurately and efficiently across the NHS have been launched today.

11 July, 2013: The Standards for the clinical content and structure of healthcare records have been developed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

These standards provide a structure and content to allow clinical information to be recorded in a consistent way so that up-to-date, accurate information about a patient's health history can be shared and re-used more easily across the NHS.

Approved by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, these standards help meet the Secretary of State for Health's challenge for the NHS to be 'paperless' by 2018 by bringing about a system where a patient's electronic health record can follow them as they move between different care settings.

The standards will support:

  • faster, secure access to up-to-date patient information;
  • improved access for healthcare staff to more relevant information, helping them make better-informed, quality clinical decisions about treatment;
  • higher quality data for measurement of whole system performance; and
  • better clinical outcomes, helping the NHS to deliver high quality care for all.

Dr Nick Booth, HSCIC Clinical Director for Information Standards Delivery said, "Achieving consistency in professional record keeping allows the continual improvement of high quality information about care. By working closely with a range of health and social care professionals, citizens, carers and health IT specialists, these generic and professionally owned standards have been created to be a key enabler for better informed patients, better informed care professionals, and better informed health service management. These will be invaluable in supporting the future development of electronic care records in health and social care."

The standards are available on the RCP website



  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). The trusted source of authoritative data and information relating to health and care, HSCIC plays a fundamental role in driving better care, better services and better outcomes for patients. It supports the delivery of IT infrastructure, information systems and standards to ensure information flows efficiently and securely across the health and social care system to improve patient outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
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