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Creating a new NHS England: NHS England and NHS Digital merged on 1 February 2023. More about the merger.


Cloud Architecture describes how components are brought together to form a cloud as well as how applications are built on the cloud platforms.


The CCoE provides recommendations and describes best practices to help architects, developers, administrators, and other cloud practitioners design and operate a cloud topology that is secure, efficient, resilient, performant, cost effective, and compliant.

The CCoE, in conjunction with application architects continues to develop patterns and solutions aimed at making the transition to cloud hosting a smooth one.

As there is already a wealth of information about architecture standards in other areas of the NHS Digital website, this page aims to do two things: signpost the reader to the relevant areas and connect the reader to the community of practice.

Tools to get things done

Technical Review Group

Entry point for cloud technology governance. Guidance for the practical implementation of the architecture principles defined by the NHS Digital Architecture Board.

NHS architecture principles

These NHS Architecture Principles for digital services represent best practice in designing digital architecture. They are designed for use by architects and service designers working for health and social care services in England.

Following these design principles will help you create sustainable, effective, interoperable and cost-efficient systems.

Community of practice

Reference architecture and policy

How to connect HSCN to Public Cloud

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Last edited: 15 February 2023 2:09 pm