What we are doing
This RCP Health Informatics Unit (HIU) project aimed to improve the quality of discharge summaries by defining and responding to learning needs in this area.
The project, led by Dr Stephanie Strachan, aimed to reduce the time taken between discharge and receipt of discharge summaries by GPs, which have been identified as priority areas for many trusts, as well as to achieve accuracy and consistency in discharge summaries.
There is a need for education resources that will improve the understanding of the importance of comprehensive, accurate summaries and explain how this can be achieved.
The HIU worked collaboratively with the RCP Education department to develop a learning resource based on the findings from consultation with health and social care professionals and patients.
The aim of the learning resource is to:
- increase the accuracy, consistency and utility of discharge summaries
- ensure discharge summaries are appropriate for a wide variety of purposes, including:
- communication with GPs, other healthcare professionals, patients and carers
- generation of data for secondary uses.
- increase awareness of the national PRSB standard for e-discharge summaries.
Dr Stephanie Strachan