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Resources, standards and guidance

Access tools and support to help design, build and integrate your products and services

We’ve produced a range of resources and guides to support technology suppliers working on digital solutions for the health and social care sector. 

Whether you're a developer or a service provider looking to design, build and integrate your product or service, our resources are here to help you navigate the technologies we use and understand how to use them.

Developer resources

Create a developer account, view our API catalogue, and access the technical information, software tools, source code and data that are useful to you.

NHS Digital service manual

The NHS Digital service manual provides design principles and guidance on  building consistent, usable services that put people first. Learn from the research and experience of other NHS teams.

Data resources

We have the responsibility for standardising, collecting and publishing data and information from across the health and social care system in England.

Information standards

Information standards for health and care organisations to follow, so that data can be shared and compared across the sector.

Information Standards Notices

Information Standards Notices (ISNs) are published to announce new or changes to information standards published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  


When a health and social care organisation in England receives an ISN, they need to ensure that they and their suppliers comply with the notice as specified. 


It is important that suppliers are aware of the ISN release to work collaboratively with their customers to ensure compliance can be achieved. 


Data Security Protection Toolkit

Any organisations, including suppliers, that want access to NHS patient data and systems must use this toolkit to provide assurance that they are practising good data security and that personal information is handled correctly.

This is achieved by submitting a self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit, an online tool that replaced the IG Toolkit in April 2018.

Products and services

Find our full list of products and services.

Last edited: 7 May 2021 8:31 am