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Emergency care discharge

Sharing discharge information between Emergency Care and GP practices is essential for ensuring patient safety and good ongoing treatment.

About this standard

Professional Record Standards Body
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Standards in development are APIs or API standards in alpha or beta, meaning they are available for use but are still in progress and may change.

Deprecated standards are older versions of a standard which are being phased out.

Retired standards are not being maintained and should not be used.

Standard type
  • Record standards
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.

Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.

Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.

Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.

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Topics and care settings

  • Referrals
  • Continuity of care (ToC)
  • Demographics
  • Key care information
  • Prescribing
  • Tests and diagnostics
Care setting
  • Patient
  • GP / Primary care
  • Urgent and Emergency Care

Dependencies and related standards


This standard needs to be reviewed and implemented alongside SNOMED CT, the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard and relevant electronic systems.

Related standards

This standard also relates to the NHS Transfer of Care Initiative, which includes 3 other information standards:

An NHS emergency care discharge technical standard is based on this record standard:

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
None - not legally mandated
Quality assurance

This standard has been clinically, professionally and technically assured by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).


This standard has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • ADASS – Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Care Providers Alliance
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Institute of Health Records and Information Management
  • Tech UK

Page last updated: 18 January 2023