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NHS Booking and Referral Standard

Update to DAPB4060. The NHS Booking and Referral Standard (BaRS) has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is an interoperability standard to support patients who require a Booking and Referral across the NHS.

About this standard

NHS England
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Active standards are stable, maintained and have been assured or endorsed for use by qualified bodies.

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
  • Data definitions and terminologies
  • Technical standards and specifications
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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

  • Appointment / scheduling
  • Referrals
Care setting
  • Hospital
  • Urgent and Emergency Care

Dependencies and related standards

Related standards

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
Quality assurance

This standard has been approved by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB).

  • The BaRS has been endorsed by the NHS England Architectural Board.
  • The Professional Record and Standards Body (PRSB) has partnered the early development of the BaRS, in particular the application of BaRS from any 111 sending system.

Page last updated: 16 May 2023