Secondary Care

PRSB publishes new standard for sharing child health information

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has published new standards for recording child health events and for sharing child health information. 

The standards set out what data on screening tests, immunisations and other developmental milestones should be accessible for parents and professionals to ensure they have the necessary information to make the right decisions for safer care.

A variety of services from GPs to school nurses can be involved in care for a child and the new standards aim to share the right information between IT systems in a standardised way. The new standards have been developed with NHS Digital and NHS England.

Professor Maureen Baker CBE, PRSB chair and GP said: “I am convinced that this new way of sharing standardised information digitally will support this goal by enabling safer and more efficient care, as well as better support for children and their families.”

Dr Andy Spencer, who was the clinical lead on the project on behalf of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “It is important that we empower parents to get involved in their child’s health and development. Once implemented, this new improved way of sharing information will give parents the same access to their child’s personal health record as health and care professionals, and they will always know who the records are being shared with and why.”

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