13. Use and contribute to open standards, common components and patterns
Use open standards, and propose a new open standard if there is not one that already meets your needs.
Why it's important
Using common components and patterns means you do not have to solve problems that have already been solved. By using a component or pattern that’s already been extensively tested, you can provide users with a good experience in a cost effective way.
If you develop your own components or patterns, it’s important to share them so that others can benefit from your work.
What you should do
Your team should be able to show that you:
- build on common NHS styles, patterns and components
- share details of any new components or patterns you create or adapt (for example, by contributing to the service manual)
For more on open standards, see point 17: Make your service interoperable.