Standards Partnership Scheme
This year saw the introduction of the PRSB’s new Standards Partnership Scheme, which was established to support organisations who supply digital software to health and care services and local providers to successfully implement standards. The scheme aims to help suppliers with the practical implementation of standards and consequently ensure professionals and people reap the benefits of digital information sharing. The scheme for suppliers launched in February and the local providers scheme is in development.
By joining the scheme, partners demonstrate their commitment to information standards, which are recognised by system leaders and valued by professionals, regulators, and providers. All partners have access to a range of tools and activities that will help them to implement standards, including workshops, educational materials, regular communication updates, events, masterclasses and more. Partners have the opportunity to work with us on developing standards and can play a major role in their design and functionality. Partners can demonstrate a stronger commitment to standards by becoming a Quality Partner by undergoing an organisational assessment and conformance appraisal in respect of one or more standards.
Our new partners
Over the next year we will be expanding the scheme to increase membership, maximise the scheme’s impact and to take full advantage of the benefits of engaging and developing the relationships with software suppliers working across health and social care. We will continue to work with CASPA to maximise social care suppliers’ impact and involvement, and with techUK to help keep standards and interoperability high on the agenda. We will be increasing our links with the NHS Digital catalogue and other procurement frameworks. Our plans for the partner scheme also involve developing communities of interest which will provide a safe space for discussion.