The Open Referral UK standard is designed to improve the collection and interchange of information describing “human services” offered by public, voluntary, charity and private sector organisations. Different implementations might cover different ranges of services.
The data made available via standard interfaces can be used in “service finder” applications aimed at the general public or at intermediaries (sometimes called “link workers”) who refer people to services which they think are suitable to address specific needs.
The standard is relevant to:
- organisations commissioning directories with information on services
- software developers/suppliers of such directories
- software suppliers of service finders, including ones built into social prescribing tools
- service data maintenance organisations who need to check the completeness and accuracy of service data
People looking for services need not understand the standard but they are the ultimate beneficiaries.