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Assessment, Discharge and Withdrawal Notices between Hospitals and Social Services

This information standard defines a set of Assessment, Discharge and Withdrawal (ADW) Notices to support compliance with the Care Act 2014.

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  • Information codes of practice
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Topics and care settings

  • Continuity of care (ToC)
Care setting
  • Hospital
  • Social care

Dependencies and related standards


This specification should be read in conjunction with the following standards:

1 ISB 0149 Amd 136/201012 NHS Number Standard Specification 2 ISB 0149-0213 NHS Number for Secondary Care 3 ISB 150114 Common User Interface - Time Display 4 ISB 150315 Common User Interface - Date Display

Related standards

Assessment Discharge and Withdrawal - FHIR - Support transfer of care from hospital to social services for patients with care and support needs.

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
Quality assurance

This standard has been approved by the Standardisation committee for care information (legacy) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).


The PRSB will be reviewing and adapting this standard as part of the social care pathfinders project and the standard will be submitted for endorsement during this process.

Page last updated: 25 January 2023