Monday, 23 May 2016
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has proven it is a provider of reliable, high quality health care information having achieved certification by The Information Standard, a health and care certification programme supported by NHS England.
Chief Executive David Bradley said:
"We are proud to have achieved this certification, which demonstrates the Trust as an outstanding source for the most current information available on mental health. Our patients and the public can rest assured that any information we publish or promote is based on reliable sources, unbiased and agreed to by our clinical experts."
Ann Robinson, director of public awareness for The Information Standard, commented:
"With so much information available now, it is vital the public be able to differentiate between information that is and isn't trustworthy. This is why The Information Standard was established, with its easy to spot quality mark, the public just need to check the mark is on the leaflet or website they're reading to know that the health information produced by that organisation can be relied upon. It is greattherefore thatSouth West London and St George's Mental Health Trust has become the latest member of the programme and has been recognised as being a trustworthy source of information."
The need for the public to be able to find trustworthy health information was highlighted in a survey, carried out by The Information Standard, which found thateight in 10 people * (78 per cent) think if you are not a health professional, it's easy to be misled by health information. In addition, almost half (49 per cent) of respondents admit that in the past they have believed a piece of health information to be true only to find out later it was inaccurate.
Any organisation that produces health and care information can apply to become a certified member of the programme.
Notes to Editor
·South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust (SWLSTG) serve 1.1 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and employ more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to approximately 20,000 people from south west London and beyond at any given moment. The Trust also provides a range of national specialist services.
·Notes on the survey *The survey of 2000 people across England was conducted by The Information Standard in March 2012.