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.

“We are excited to partner with PRSB and we hope to share our experiences to positively impact the future development of industry standards. We firmly believe that aligning to and supporting PRSB standards are essential steps to supporting the national interoperability journey Andrea Dantas

Director, European Consulting Practice, Cerner

Our new partners

Interest and take up of the scheme are increasing. Suppliers who have recently become partners include Cerner, Interneuron, EIDO Healthcare, EveryLIFE Technologies, Kinseed, Person Centred Software, Healthcare Gateway, Autumn Care, RIVIAM Digital Care, and Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who have joined as early adopters to our local provider offer. Nourish Care, which provides smart management technology for health and social care, has been awarded Quality Partner status in recognition of its work towards a more joined-up care system, for demonstrating conformance with our standard for digital care and support planning.

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.