• 14Oct

    Developing a standard out patient letter: call for help

    The Royal College of Physicians have announced a new project to develop standards for the content and structure of electronic outpatient letters, to improve continuity of care, and to enable reuse of information in GP systems and for secondary purposes.

    They would like to hear from you if you use an electronic patient record (EPR) system to produce your outpatient clinic letters.

    They would also like to hear from you if you have examples of outpatient letters that are currently used, particularly any that you consider to be ‘good practice’ examples.  They are looking for letters from a variety of specialties to see how the content differs.

    If you are involved in an outpatient clinic or are a GP who receives letters, they would be very grateful if you could send through anonymised copies of letters produced from individual consultant clinics, multidisciplinary team clinics, or those run by nurses and allied health professionals. Examples of letters from initial, follow-up and annual review clinics would be useful too.

    Please send any examples to informatics@rcplondon.ac.uk.