Sometimes known as the personal/patient demographic service (PDS), this contains the demographic information of every person in England and Wales and, most importantly, their NHS number. Additional data such as GP surgery, preferred pharmacy, migrant payment status and a variety of sensitive data is also stored.
It also generates a large number of notifications such as births, deaths and GP provider changes that are used internally by the other national services and externally by government organisations.
This service contains data related to prescriptions provided by healthcare professionals. Each prescription contains one or more ‘line items’ (the medication).
The prescription service manages the prescription lifecycle from the point of creation to the pharmacy making a claim for payment.
The clinical service maintains a summary of a patient’s healthcare profile. GP systems regularly create and upload a summary of the patient, which is then uploaded to Spine for access from other healthcare professionals.
Demographic batch service (DBS)
Some customer applications only require a limited amount of data but require it in bulk. The demographic batch service (DBS) allows customers to make bulk retrievals of demographic data.
Customers submit a batch file via a DBS client. The retrievals are processed and returned to the user for download as a batch file using the same client.