The Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB) closed on 31 March 2014.

Responsibility for the recommendation for approval of information standards has transferred to the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI).

Information standards continued to be published here until 31 December 2014, after which they are published on the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) website.

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Current clinical systems have significantly different user interfaces. The display of common items and their layout on screens is often inconsistent between different suppliers' systems as is their input. There is a risk that users moving between different clinical systems may misinterpret displayed information or enter data incorrectly.

The Common User Interface (CUI) is a set of standards that define a common interface for healthcare IT systems to address this problem. Details of the standards and approval by ISB, as well as design and implementation guidance, can be accessed via the links below.

However the complete set of guidance is available as a zip folder here:

In addition, there are documents to assist with compliance assessment:

Note that this guidance has not been updated since the closure of NHS CFH.


ISB 1500 Common User Interface - Address Input and Display
ISB 1502 Common User Interface - Date and Time Input 
ISB 1503 Common User Interface - Date Display
ISB 1504 Common User Interface - NHS Number Input and Display
ISB 1505 Common User Interface - Patient Banner
ISB 1506 Common User Interface - Patient Name Input and Display
ISB 1507 Common User Interface - Sex and Current Gender Input and Display
ISB 1508 Common User Interface - Telephone Number Input and Display
ISB 1501 Common User Interface - Time Display

A summary of additional guidance related to medications, clinical noting and other clinical user interfaces is available here