The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) is set to launch a new service for health and social care providers to accelerate the move to digital shared care records, as part of its Standards Partnership Scheme.

The new service builds on the existing Standards Partnership Scheme, which helps give health and social care system suppliers the opportunity to facilitate joined-up care through standards excellence.

It has been specifically designed for health and care providers, to support them on their journey to adopting evidence-based conformance with standards. This will allow them to provide more effective care and gain a recognised professional accreditation.

In order to support professionals in making informed decisions and help them provide the best possible care, information standards are helping to ensure that information about patients is recorded and shared in a consistent way.

Maureen Baker MBE, PRSB chair, said: “Using information standards is key to delivering effective, personalised care.

“Thanks to PRSB’s Standards Partnership Scheme, health and social care providers can play a pivotal role in supporting their widespread use and implementation, and share best-practice, while helping accelerate progress towards more integrated care and interoperability.”

The scheme provides partners with interactive masterclasses on specific standards, as well as exclusive group sessions led by clinical and informatics experts.

Those on the scheme also receive regular updates on national policy, standards release dates and opportunities to contribute to the development of standards.

Partners are supported in their journey towards achieving the Quality Mark, which demonstrates publicly their conformance with PRSB’s standards.

Lee Rickles, Yorkshire & Humber Care Record Programme Director and CIO Network Advisory Board Member, said: “PRSB standards are the glue that links technology to governance and operations. Conforming to standards shows your competence and capability.

“It also helps ensure that your system meets necessary requirements. Providers should view attainment of the Quality Mark in the same way as securing something like the Cyber Essentials badge.”