The Information Standard

In February 2011, SAUK was awarded The Information Standard accreditation. The Information Standard is a certification scheme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and social care information for the public. It helps the public and patients quickly identify reliable sources of quality, evidence-based information through the use of an easily recognised quality mark. All new and reviewed information that SAUK produces will be in line with the processes we’ve put in place to meet the scheme rules.

The Information Standard scheme was developed by the Department of Health and is now under the remit of NHS England. At the heart of the scheme is the set of criteria that defines good quality health or social care information and the methods needed to produce it. To achieve the standard, organisations have to show that their processes and systems produce information that is:

  • clear
  • accurate
  • impartial
  • balanced
  • evidence-based
  • accessible
  • up to date

Organisations that adopt the Information Standard are demonstrating their commitment to trustworthy health and social care information as well as providing assurances of the quality of their internal processes.

The Principles of The Information Standard are:

  • Review
  • Feedback
  • End Product – committing to double-check our end products
  • User Understanding and Involvement
  • Evidence Sources – we only use current, relevant, balanced and trustworthy evidence sources
  • Information Production –  a defined and documented process for producing high quality information

Our information resources are aimed at adults and young people living in the UK who are affected by scoliosis, and these resources cover personal experiences of the condition, treatments available, and ways in which to minimise the impact of scoliosis on your everyday life.

You can find out more about the scheme at www.england.nhs.uk/tis/.

All medical information on the SAUK website is within the scope of our accreditation and has been reviewed in December 2015.  Individually accredited pages bear The Information Standard quality mark.  If you would like to know more about our processes, and how The Information Standard criteria has been adopted at SAUK, please get in touch. Personal accounts and stories are outside the scope of the accreditation.

The Scoliosis Association (UK) (SAUK) shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information they publish and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility whatsoever for costs losses or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of SAUK.