The following environments are available for users to connect to.
The development environments are used by suppliers who are implementing the design, development and system test phases within their own test environment(s). They are also used to perform early testing against the Spine Core, Spine Care Identity Service (CIS) and NHS e-Referral service (e-RS) national systems.
The integration environments are used for integration testing which proves the end to end capability of messaging between the supplier’s test environment and a Path to Live test environment. It may include testing of new supplier releases as well as regression testing of their existing releases against new Spine Core, Spine Care Identity Service and NHS e-Referral Service national releases.
The deployment environments are used to test applications in-situ before live deployments, to help suppliers and NHS organisations develop local site processes, procedures and create a local change process. The deployment environments are also used for user acceptance testing (UAT) with NHS organisations.
The training environments are used by suppliers to train staff on Spine Core messaging, Spine Care Identity Service and NHS e-Referral Service. It should not be used for any type of testing and undergoes a nightly refresh of application data so it can be re-used in subsequent training exercises.
The opentest environment is used by suppliers who are performing messaging proof of concepts of their solutions against the Spine Core national system.
The non-functional test environment is used by suppliers to perform specific messaging integration testing. Access to the environment can be requested via the Platform Support Desk.
The Production environment is not supported by the Platforms Support Desk. Any queries regarding any aspect of the Production environment should be directed to the National Service Desk. We have however maintained the Production certificates for your convenience