Paramedic views wanted for development of new standards for ambulance patient records

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is encouraging paramedics to participate in a survey as part of an important project for clinical care of patients in ambulance services.

New standards for ambulance patient records are being developed in the national project initiated by NHS England. The standards must reflect the needs of patients, paramedics and other care professionals in delivering patient care.

The information that ambulance clinicians, care assistants and volunteers record about the patients with whom they are working is an important clinical record. As the development and implementation of electronic health records gathers pace across the health service, the ability to integrate ambulance information with secondary and primary care patient clinical records becomes increasingly important.

The standards will be designed to meet the needs of patients, reflecting the way the care professionals work across the four nations of the United Kingdom. The aim is to develop standards that support optimal care and enable integration with other electronic health record systems, including hospital and primary care systems. This is a vital step in the creation of the unified patient-focused record.

The project is led by the ambulance services and relevant professional bodies, supported by the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It will engage widely with pre-hospital professionals, patients and other identified stakeholders, including primary and secondary care clinicians.

Taken from Journal of Paramedic Practice, published 16 December 2013.

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