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The Spine mini service capabilities are: the foundation of the service being an ITK compliant web service and the ITK compliant demographics service.


The ITK Spine Mini Service functional specifications provide the basis on which all ITK capabilities are built, for example canonical message structure and common behaviours for error and exception handling.

Learn more about the foundations.


The first capability provided by the NHS Digital Spine Mini Service is read-only access in the Demographics Service, to access a subset of patient demographic data.

Learn more about the demographics.


With the requirements pack are:

Spine Mini Services provider requirements-v1.0 document which contains the details of the information model shown above. It also explains the provider requirements, the request message descriptions, plus behaviours of wildcards and data type format. Please note, we have implemented the Spine Mini Service as a central solution.

The PDS – Spine Mini Services Client Requirements-v1.0.pdf. The client developer will need to read this document to ensure the application meets the requirements within.

The SMSP Response Codes v1.0.xls spreadsheet, containing the general service message response codes and PDS specific ones.

An example being a successful query would contain an SMSP-0000 Success code< value codeSystem=”2.16.840.1.113883.″ code=”SMSP-0000″/>

Further information

internal Stage 1: Getting started quick start

Enables a developer to become familiar with a typical journey that they will take to develop and deploy their solution in a live care setting.

internal Capabilities

The Spine mini service capabilities are to make it an ITK compliant web service and an ITK complaint demographics service.

Last edited: 7 January 2020 10:29 am