Use this integration to share information about a child's health between healthcare workers.
This information is recorded throughout a child's clinical pathway or patient journey about:
- health events
- clinical contacts
These events or contacts happen either as part of:
- a planned Healthy Child Programme
- unplanned GP or Emergency Department visits
Examples of such events include creating, updating or deleting a record of a:
- blood spot test outcome
- newborn hearing test
- Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) outcome
This integration uses a publish-subscribe model - the sending system publishes events to National Events Management Service (NEMS), and NEMS forwards the events to all subscribed systems via MESH.
Subscribed systems might be GPs, emergency departments, local authorities or some other care provider. Potentially, patients and carers could also share this information.
For more information see Digital Child Health specification versions.
Before you begin any development work using this integration, contact us to discuss your best options.
Who can use this
This integration can only be used where there is a legal basis to do so.
Make sure you have a valid use case before you go too far with your development. To do this, contact us.
For details of the legal basis for sharing NEMS events, see the NEMS controller catalogue.
You must do this before you can go live (see 'Onboarding' below).
Environments and testing
This integration uses NEMS, which is available in Opentest for early development and testing.
NEMS is also available for testing purposes in:
The base URLs are as follows:
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The base URL for the publishing and subscribing interactions are the same, but the path is different, for example:
- publish in integration over HSCN:
- subscribe in integration over HSCN:
- publish in integration over the internet:
- subscribe in integration over the internet:
There is a testing tool which allows you to simulate a provider publishing event messages. You can also simulate making changes on PDS to trigger PDS-published event messages so you can test event message consumption.
To get advice on how to begin testing, contact us.
For more details, see the NEMS onboarding guide on getting access to Opentest and the integration (INT) test environment.
Last edited: 14 September 2023 6:04 pm