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Local trust wins information award

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has been certified as a provider of high quality health care information by The Information Standard scheme.

As a certified member to the scheme, the Trust's Health Improvement Service, has been awarded The Information Standard quality mark. The quality mark can now be displayed on the service's literature and website, demonstrating to the public that the information is safe and reliable.

Lee Mack, Associate Director of Health and Wellbeing at the Trust said:

"It's really important that people are able to trust the accuracy of Health Information. We are delighted to have achieved the Information Standard which means that people can be assured that the information that we produce is of the highest quality."

The Trust's Health Improvement Service is working to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of local people across County Durham and Darlington.

According to a survey carried out by The Information Standard1, the majority of the general public (72%) believe that they would be better able to manage their own and their family's health if they had quick and easy access to health information they could trust. The information Standard, which is supported by the Department of Health, was launched to provide this kind of assurance.

Angela Coulter PhD, Hon FFPH, Hon FRCGP, an independent healthcare analyst who advises on the scheme, commented:  "Organisations that become certified members of the scheme, and therefore display The Information Standard quality mark on their health information or social care materials, have proven that they adhere to the very highest standards of information production. The public can feel confident that if they see The Information Standard quality mark on health and social care websites or leaflets then the information can be trusted and relied upon."

Published: 14 February 2012

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital