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Helping set standards for how information is used gives nurses a say in improving practice
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Helping set standards for how information is used gives nurses a say in improving practice

Nursing staff are the largest group of healthcare professionals sharing information about patients, yet often they are reluctant to help create the standards unpinning its use.

‘We struggle to get enough nursing involvement in our work,’ says Annette Gilmore, who joined the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) in 2014, as its work was just getting underway. ‘We need more nurses and midwives.’

In practice, the PRSB develops a variety of standards for health and social care records, ensuring the right information is recorded correctly and can be accessed easily.

Collaboration across disciplines

Areas covered include hospital referral letters, handovers and discharge summaries. The long-term goal is to share information just once, with records then available in every care setting – including people’s homes

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