Self-assessment tool

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This tool will help you consider what your organisation currently does in relation to providing information for service users and carers, and what further work may be needed before information prescriptions can be routinely offered.

It will help you to review the way you provide information, and lead to open discussion with service users and carers about what they find helpful and how they prefer to access information.

This tool has been designed as an aid to your own internal development as an organisation, and you will not be inspected or expected to share your findings with any external agencies.

This tool will not provide you with a comprehensive checklist by which to assess your readiness, but it will highlight the areas you need to consider in terms of your organisational ability and capacity to deliver information prescriptions and help you to form an action plan to advance your organisational strategy.

The questions are designed and structured to help you assess your organisational ability and capacity to deliver information prescriptions. Your answers will help you identify your plan of action to inform your organisational strategy.

The information prescription website includes a section on how to plan for delivery of information prescriptions including hints and tips, how to get started and developing your action plan.

The information prescriptions self-assessment tool is available both as a PDF and also as a Microsoft Word document for you to complete.

Who should complete this tool?

To get the most benefit from the tool we recommend that the process is led by a board level member, such as, chief executive, director of clinical engagement or a non-executive director with an interest in long-term conditions or public and service user involvement. Alternatively, it could be led by a director of adult social services, or a board-level member within a voluntary organisation.

How long will it take to complete?

This tool has been rigorously tested by individuals and organisation from the NHS, social care and the voluntary sector. It is anticipated that the form will take 1-2 hours to complete, plus time for data gathering, which will vary depending on the information that is readily available and the time it takes to collate.

Additional resources

This self-assessment tool has been developed as part of NHS Employers wider mandate from the Department of Health.

As well as this tool, we have developed an e-learning module to help staff develop the skills and competencies needed to assess information needs and prescribe appropriate information.

For further information contact Longtermconditions@dh.gsi.gov.uk

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