FSRH publishes its updated Service Standards on Record Keeping in SRH Services

Posted 12 July 2019

Date: 12 Jul 2019

Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements

Updated quality standards launched today by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) reflect current evidence and clinical practice on management of patient records in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare services, specifically greater use of digital technology.

These standards are applicable to individual healthcare professionals, as well as those managing or commissioning Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) services. They are designed to ensure high quality patient care is delivered as standard.

Helen Munro, FSRH Vice-President, and Chair of the FSRH Clinical Standards Committee said:

"Contemporaneous and high quality record keeping is an important aspect of clinical risk management. It ensures that clinicians and other staff have timely access to information relevant to the patient’s care. It facilitates clear communication to other involved clinicians justifying decision-making for actions taken.

Sound management of patient records is also important because accurate and comprehensive documentation can support prompt resolution in the event of complaints, incidents and medico-legal cases. Good clinical records are useful in audit, management, planning, policy, commissioning and research.

I hope colleagues working and commissioning Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare services will find them useful in their day-to-day practice".

You can find these Standards here.