Jargon buster: Information prescriptions

What are they?

Information prescriptions will direct people to relevant, personal sources of information about services and treatments they need at key points in their care journey, for example, at diagnosis, for care planning or on discharge from hospital. 

What are they for?

Patients with long-term need for social care and their carers. The ‘prescriptions’ will give information on where to find advice and support, how to make contact with others with similar conditions, and signpost related information, for example about benefits. 

What have they been developed?

As the DoH says, ‘good information enables individuals to make informed decisions about their own care or services they receive.’ 

When will they be available?

The concept was introduced in the White Paper, ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’.

Piloting will begin in February 2007 for 10 months, before national roll-out in 2008. 

Where can I find out more?

Visit www.dh.gov.uk

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