The DH is putting together a scheme to accredit information providers like MCF and (eventually) charge for the kitemark which will cover all sources of health and social service information (websites, leaflets, etc)! It might affect us if everyone else joins but us. This scheme is designed to provide a nationally recognised way to reassure people that the health and social care information they access has come from a reliable source. The scheme is entering the final stages of development and it is intended that, subject to Ministers approval, the scheme be fully implemented and launched in 2008.
The public will be reassured through a quality mark. This enables the scheme to have a broad impact as it can be used to mark information in any format from websites to pamphlets. The benefit of this scheme is that everybody will have access to trustworthy, relevant health and social care information - patients, the public, carers, health and social care professionals ? so that people will be able to make informed decisions about their health and social care.
THe DH are consulting on the draft Standard for information producers that will form the basis for accreditation. The consultation period for the Standard finishes at the end of August 2007. Please take an opportunity to assess the draft Standard and make your views on it known at www.iascheme.org.
Is this someone’s great idea to solve a perceived problem, generate more work that will eventually cost the taxpayer more in organisational costs? I have not found mention of the HONcode for websites.
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