A registration authority is a function, usually within a NHS organisation, that carries out the identity checks of prospective smartcard users and assigns an appropriate access profile to the health professional's role as approved by the employing organisation.
Smartcards are required to access NHS Spine information systems and registration authorities roles and responsibilities are defined by NHS policy.
Care Identity Service
The Care Identity Service is an electronic system for registering and issuing smartcards. Registration authorities use the Care Identity Service to control NHS smartcard access for the NHS Spine's 800,000+ smartcard users. It’s a unified application that provides a single location for all registration authority activities.
NHS smartcards are similar to chip and PIN bank cards and enable healthcare professionals to access clinical and personal information appropriate to their role.
A smartcard used in conjunction with a passcode, known only to the smartcard holder, gives secure and auditable access to national and local Spine enabled health record systems.
If you are a Registration Manager and you do not have an Obertur portal account or you require an account for one of your RA colleagues, please send a request to the Service Management Cell 1 Team consumables mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
Role (RM or RA)
Individual card users should contact their local registration authority teams.
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Everyone who works for the NHS or for organisations delivering services under contract to the NHS has to comply with this guarantee. It was first published in 2005 and is subject to regular review, ensuring it remains clear and continues to reflect the law and best practice.
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