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Digital Child Health - FHIR API

Share information about a child's health between healthcare professionals. 


Use this API to share information about a child's health between healthcare professionals.

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 API enables the sharing of information about these events in the form of small, structured and interoperable health event FHIR messages.

A publication-subscription model allows sharing of this information, in a controlled way, with health and care professionals in other organisations such as GPs, Emergency Departments and Local Authorities. This uses our National Events Management Service (NEMS).

Potentially, patients and carers could also share this information.

For more information see Digital Child Health - FHIR API.

Before you begin any development work using this API, contact us to discuss your best options.

API status

This API is in beta.


This API uses a publish-subscribe model.

Use our National Events Management Service (NEMS) API to subscribe for events.

Use our MESH API to collect events that you have subscribed to.

The message payload uses FHIR.


For a full list of interactions for this API, see Introduction to Digital Child Health Event Messages.

For details on the general structure of the interactions, see FHIR.

Last edited: 6 September 2021 11:48 am