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Transfer data securely

The security of data in the NHS, especially patient data, is crucial. NHS Digital provides a number of services that enable data to be transferred securely between health and care services, and individuals.

NHS Digital business teams can use the Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT) to transfer data securely to and from any external organisation.

Secure Electronic File Transfer

Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT) works by providing a secure wrapper around any file, regardless of its size, structure or data content. SEFT provides data security during transmission (by using a 256-bit AES encryption mechanism). The data are held in secure containers at NHS Digital and only people who are authorised to process the data are allowed access.

SEFT can only be accessed by registered and approved users. We will invite relevant people to register for the service, and send you log-in details.

Read our quick help guide for further information on using SEFT.

Alternatively, contact the SEFT team for more information.

Last edited: 25 October 2019 10:46 am