The Royal College of Physicians' Health Informatics Unit (HIU) is pleased to support the NHS' new Accessible Information Standard guidance, aimed at ensuring clearer health and care information for disabled people and their carers.
The new framework will ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand, along with support, so they can communicate effectively with services.
Professor John Williams, director of the HIU said:
We welcome the Accessible Information Standard launched by NHS England today. These guidelines clearly align with the standards for patient records developed by the RCP and endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Professional Record Standards Body and Health & Social Care Information Centre.
The patient record standards stipulate that when a patient is discharged from hospital any specific communication requirement should be included in the discharge summary passed to their GP. It is essential that all patients, including those with disabilities, can receive information in a way that is easy to access and understand, giving consideration to an individual’s specific needs.
We hope that this new framework will help drive the delivery of high quality patient care, enabling and empowering people to become more involved in decisions about their own treatment.
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