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DCB3051 Identity Verification and Authentication Standard for Digital Health and Care Services

DCB3051 provides for a consistent approach to identity management across digital health and care services, covering: verification, authentication and clinical authorisation.

About this information standard

NHS Digital, in collaboration with NHS England and other partners, is developing a number of digital services that will put patients/service users in charge of their own health and care, enabling them to manage aspects of their own care, to contribute to the care process and as such reduce pressure on frontline NHS and social care services. These digital services contain personal information and as such it is essential that only the correct person has access. At present services repeatedly require a means of verifying and authenticating an individual’s identity.

The intention is to introduce a national citizen identity platform which will enable people to prove their identity once, in a manner which is convenient to them, thereby building public confidence in, and encouraging greater use of, all local and national digital health and care services.

A fundamental requirement of that platform is a nationally agreed approach to identity management for health and care, conformant with identify assurance principles endorsed by the government. This information standard sets out this agreed approach.

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Current release

Release date

29 June 2018

Release number

Amd 64/2018

Release title

Initial Standard



Key documents

Further information

NHS Digital - NHS Login

Last edited: 7 October 2019 12:50 pm