Follow these criteria when proposing a new component or pattern.
The contents of the service manual must be of a high quality and meet user needs. To guarantee this, the service manual has a design working group to check that all components and patterns meet certain criteria.
Criteria for proposals for new components and patterns
To be successful, your proposal needs to show that the component or pattern you're suggesting will be useful and unique.
You have evidence that the component or pattern would be useful for many NHS digital teams or services.
We don't already have something similar in the service manual.
The working group checks that proposals meet these criteria before they move them to the "to do" column in the community backlog.
Criteria for publishing a component or pattern
The working group checks that the implementation is usable, consistent and versatile.
You have tested it in user research and shown that it works with a representative sample of users, including people with disabilities.
It uses existing styles and components in the service manual where relevant.
The guidance and any content in examples follow the content style guide.
The implementation is versatile enough to be used in a range of different services.
For example, a versatile date input component could be set up to ask for:
You have asked for feedback from an appropriate clinician and have addressed any clinical safety issues they raised.
The working group uses these criteria to decide if the component or pattern is ready to publish.
Updated: October 2019