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Assessment discharge and withdrawal - developer resource

The ADW Specification defines a number of messages to support the exchange of structured information between healthcare and social care organisations.

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Checksum help - developer guidance

A checksum is a short list of characters that we derive from the content of a release’s .zip file. If you have the checksum of a release file you can check that your downloaded copy is identical to ours. Find out more about checksums.

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Clinical decision support

Implementation guidance for the clinical decision support APIs.

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CP-IS Domain Message Specification

Information for developers - message definitions and interactions required to support the rollout of the Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) system.

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Demographic update event messages

Demographic Update Event Messages are intended to provide updates made to demographic information held by the Personal Demographics Service (PDS).

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Demographic update event messages

Demographic Update Event Messages are intended to provide updates made to demographic information held by the Personal Demographics Service (PDS).

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Diagnostic Data Service: Guidance for developers

Here are diagnostic Data Service developer resources previously located on the Health Developer Network (developer.nhs.uk) website. 

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Digital child health

Information required to build and send the Digital Child Health event messages.

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Digital maternity specifications - developer guidance

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has produced a standard for maternity care records, which will mean that information from a record can be understood by all IT systems in use across the country, enabling the seamless exchange of information regardless of local maternity system boundary.

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Digital medicine specification versions

The digital medicines specification supports FHIR messages to let a patient's GP know when a pharmacy administers an immunisation to a patient, or when a pharmacy gives a patient an emergency supply of medicine.

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Directory of Services

APIs provided by the Directory of Services for accessing service information.

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End of life

Information required to build and send the End of Life atomic units of information.

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EPS: Guidance for developers

We've published a range of developer guides and materials for the Electronic Prescription Service, including information on apps, identifiers, APIs and service integration.

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EPS Dispensers Directory of Service

API providing information about EPS dispensing services, and includes search functionality which lists dispensers who should be able to provide dispensing services for a patient with a given location and urgency.

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ERS: Guidance for developers

We've published a range of developer guides and materials for eRS, including information on apps, identifiers, APIs and service integration. 

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Events management

Information required to publish, subscribe and receive event messages to and from the Events Management Service.

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Falsified Medicines Directive implementation toolkits

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) is a set of rules to protect people from fake medicines in the European Union (EU). It includes additional anti-tampering security on packaging, and tracking of medicines using a unique identifier, like a barcode.

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FGM

Messaging for the national Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System.

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FHIR API: Guidance for developers

A collection of FHIR API resources for developers, previously hosted on the Health Developer Network platform (developer.nhs.uk).

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FHIR policy

Policies for the use of HL7 FHIR standards in the NHS in England.

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FHIR policy introduction

Policies for the use of HL7 FHIR standards in the NHS in England.

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FHIR Reference Server

This FHIR server acts as a reference server for all nationally defined FHIR profiles and valuesets for use across a range of local and national FHIR implementations.

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General Practice Extraction Service DMS: Guidance for developers

Find out about the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) Domain Message Specification.

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Glossary of developer terms

Find a list of NHS developer terms and abbreviations, along with their definitions. 

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GP Connect specifications for developers

GP Connect specifications for developers and associated artefacts

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Integrated Urgent Care Domain Message Specification

The Integrated Urgent Care Domain Message Specification is an agreed set of standards for sending information between providers.  It is designed to support services such as NHS 111, NHS 111 online, and the repeat caller service.

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Interoperability Toolkit: Guidance for developers

A collection of software developer resources previously found on the Health Developer Network (developer.nhs.uk).

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Medicines and dosage implementation guidance experimental

FHIR dose syntax implementation guidance. Use of the dosage structure within CareConnect profiles.

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MESH API

The Message Exchange for Social care and Health (MESH) component of the Spine allows messages and files to be delivered to registered recipients. This is the HTTP API used by MESH.

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Message Implementation Manuals (MiMs)

The Message Implementation Manual (MiM) is the formal specification of the HL7v3 messaging on the Spine.

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National Data Opt-Out

The National Data Opt-out Programme has defined an API to capture a patient's preferences for use of their data, which will be held in a national data store on the Spine. Initially, this API will be used by a new national portal, but in future it will be made available to other consumers to manage these preferences for a patient.

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National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)

Is the latest version of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS), this improves the detection and response to clinical deterioration in patients and is a key element of patient safety and improving patient outcomes.

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National Pathology

The National Pathology FHIR Messaging Specification supports the ability to share pathology results in NHS primary and secondary care settings. This release focuses on haematology and clinical biochemistry (also known as chemical pathology) test reporting.

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National Population Failsafe Management Service

The National Failsafe Management Service (NPFMS) is a digital system for population tracking and screening.

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National Record Locator

The National Record Locator aims to provide healthcare professionals and providers with a facility to identify and locate 'local' patient records which have been registered on the service.

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NHAIS developer document library

This information aims to help GP IT suppliers to understand NHAIS GP links requirements, and may be useful to architects and designers who wish to understand which messages have been deprecated since the original requirements were issued.

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NHS Choices APIs

API developer portal for NHS Choices APIs.

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NHS Identity: Guidance for developers

Find developer information for NHS Identity, including services offered and how to integrate and use NHS Identity, along with other help and support.

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NHS login integration toolkit

This toolkit supports digital health and social care services as they integrate with NHS login.

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NHSmail applications guide

Guidance on how to configure local mail-enabled applications to work with NHSmail.

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NHS Number client

Find out about our simple client and java code library, designed to make it easier to model NHS Numbers in software.

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NHS Scheduling

Profiles to allow searching for free slots and booking appointments.

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Organisation Data Service: Guidance for developers

Find developer guidance for the Organisation Data Service (ODS), including information on ORD APIs, HTTP headers, search parameters and creating a baseline.

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Signatures and public keys

How to use signature and the public key to check a checksum release.

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Spine Core FHIR Framework

The Spine Core FHIR API Framework provides common behaviours and services used across FHIR APIs delivered on Spine. This specification also covers other Spine services that complement or are used alongside Spine FHIR APIs.

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Spine Mini Service Provider for Personal Demographics Service

The NHS Digital Spine Mini Service Provider (SMSP) lets health and social care providers access important information held on Spine. It aims to reduce the complexities around integration with the Spine.

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Spine mini services introduction

A brief introduction to getting started with the Spine mini services APIs.

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Transaction Messaging Service Java implementation

TMS Java implementation contains a set of tools for network operations on Spine.

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Transaction Messaging Service Microsoft .NET implementation

This package contains an implementation of a Spine message handler written in C# for the Microsoft .Net 4.0 platform, provided under the Apache 2.0 licence.

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Transfer of Care specification versions

This page contains the new and previous Transfer of Care specifications.

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Urgent and emergency care digital integration

Helping people get the right care, first time by improving the flow of information through the urgent and emergency care digital integration programme.

Last edited: 20 August 2019 3:14 pm