Improving discharge summaries: learning resource materials

Royal College of Physicians of London - RCP
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
Publication date:
29 January 2019


The RCP Health Informatics Unit (HIU) has developed a learning resource to support the development of effective discharge summaries. 

Trainees completing this training package will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  • understand who the recipients of e-discharge summaries are, how they use the discharge summary and the information that they need
  • describe the purpose and importance of e-discharge summaries
  • be familiar with the national PRSB e-discharge summary standard headings and understand the information that is appropriate to record under each heading
  • gain confidence in writing quality discharge summaries that are useful to all recipients
  • write the details in e-discharge summaries with clarity and to an appropriate level of detail
  • identify and discuss good and bad points of completed e-discharge summaries with multi-professional colleagues
  • obtain take-away materials to provide ongoing support when writing e-discharge summaries.