The Information Standard is a new guidebook containing rules that health and social care organisations must follow. It will affect doctors, hospitals, CCGs, and providers and commissioners of NHS and adult social care.
It is essential that people understand any health information given to them, have access to appropriate communication support and can be involved in decision making regarding their health and care – that is why the Information Standard is being set up.
The new rules will also benefit blind people, people with learning disabilities, and deafblind people.
Progress So Far
- Winter 2013/14 – People were interviewed about their own experiences of accessing information.
- Summer 2014 – The Draft Standard was written, based on people’s experiences from the previous stage.
- Mid Summer/Autumn – There was a consultation about the Draft Standard. People had the opportunity to give their opinions. SignHealth were actively involved in this. We encouraged the Deaf community to submit their opinions.
- January/March 2015 – The draft standard is being piloted.
What Happens Now?
- People’s feedback from the consultation and pilot stages will be looked at, and then the final version will be written.
- The final version will be sent to the Standardised Committee for Care Information to be considered. This will happen in May or June 2015.
- As soon as the Information Standard is published, health organisations can start following the rules immediately. Some of the rules will take time to implement, so organisations will have 12 months to make all the necessary changes.
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