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NHS Identity

NHS Identity is a new, secure authentication service used by health and care professionals in England to access national clinical information systems.

What NHS Identity is

NHS Identity provides a number of ways for health and care professionals in England to prove their identity when accessing national clinical information systems. Users can currently access Summary Care Records. In the future, they will be able to access other systems such as the Electronic Prescription Service.

Secure authentication happens over the Internet, without the need for a Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) connection, previously known as N3.

Benefits of NHS Identity

NHS Identity provides benefits in the following areas:


Currently, users can authenticate through both biometrics (fingerprint and facial recognition) and smartcards. In the future there will be additional ways to be able to prove identity, using the latest secure technologies.

Mobile working

Mobile workers can securely access clinical information at the point of need using a range of devices, for example tablets and laptops.

Easy integration

Uses OpenID Connect, the leading standard for single sign-on and identification on the internet.


Works with modern browser technology making systems more secure and less vulnerable to malware and other malicious attacks.

Ways to authenticate

For detail on the different ways to authenticate using NHS Identity, please see the ways to authenticate using NHS Identity page.

Developer guidance

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


The NHS Identity roadmap highlights our achievements and plans for development.

Become an NHS Identity partner

To use NHS Identity for authentication to access national clinical information systems, please email:

To start the onboarding process you will need to fill in and send us a completed Service Assessment Questionnaire.

Last edited: 16 September 2020 10:22 am