Getting ready for the new Information Standards on medicine safety

From the end of March 2023, NHS and social care organisations will need to be compliant with NHS Digital’s new Information Standard designed to support reduced medication errors and improve patient safety.

The new Information Standard will standardise medication message content, enabling transfer of prescription information shared between NHS and social care organisations, including primary and secondary care – from hospitals and GP practices to residential care homes, mental health trusts, and pharmacies. It will be particularly beneficial in reducing medication errors and allergy/intolerance medication when patients transfer between care locations.

This Standard forms part of NHS Digital’s Interoperable Medicine Programme, supporting busy healthcare professionals to obtain medicines information in a quicker, more accessible manner to the benefit of patients and whilst saving valuable time.

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