Katrina Brockbank, Clinical Effectiveness Facilitator at Salisbury District Hospital said: "In 2008 we were one of 40 organisations chosen by the Department of Health to participate in the new scheme to ensure high quality patient information is given to our patients and their relatives. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the potential for sub standard health and social care information and ensure that patients, public and health professionals know that the information that they are using is relieable can be trusted."
"This is excellent news for our patients as it shows that we have systems and approval processes in place to ensure that our patient information is evidence based, accurate, reader friendly and conforms to all elements of the Information Standard."
There are more than 50,000 organisations producing health and social care information in England. Any of these can apply to join the scheme and become certified, whether they are a public sector organisation (NHS or local authority), a voluntary sector organisation, or a commercial company.
Angela Coulter, an independent healthcare analyst who advises on the scheme said: "Those organisations that are able to display The Information Standard mark will immediately be able to differentiate themselves from competitors, as producing high quality information that people can rely upon. The rigorous certification procedure will help to raise information production standards and inspire confidence in organisations that they are performing to the highest standards."
The Trust received its certificate from the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), which is the certifying body.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170