Please note that the National Burn Care Standards are currently under review.

It is anticipated that a revised version will be published in the Summer of 2018.

These have been developed during 2011-12 by an expert multi-disciplinary group and signed off through the National Network for Burn Care. The standards are an updated version of the original international Burn Care Standards (iBCS) developed following the 2001 National Burn Care Review.

Ensuring that NHS Specialised Services are working within nationally agreed service specifications and standards will in future be a key responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board. It is therefore very timely to be able to circulate an updated version of the National Burn Care Standards. The Clinical Reference Group for Burn Care, chaired by Amber Young, will in future become the guardian of these standards – ensuring they remain clinically relevant.

It is an intention of the 4 Burn Care Networks that all specialised burn care services undertake a self-assessment against these standards during 2013-14. It is also intended that a Peer Review of these self-assessments will take place during 2014-15.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the development of these standards, including Owen Jones, Chair of the Standards Review Group.

I hope they will be used as an effective tool for quality assurance in specialised burn care.

Nathan Hall
National Burn Care Programme Lead

Download the National Burn Care Standards 2013