Spine supports the IT infrastructure for health and social care in England, joining together over 23,000 healthcare IT systems in 20,500 organisations.
Access Spine through the portal. (N3 Smartcard users)
Check your IT system and environment are supported for accessing Spine systems with a smartcard. (IT infrastructure staff and system suppliers)
Raise a technical or support call for Spine (log-in and N3 access required)
NHS Digital develops and maintains Spine through the Digital Delivery Centre. Recent developments include enabling the sharing of child protection information via the Child Protection Information System, and developing ways to allow easier access to demographic data through the Spine Mini Service.
Most users access Spine through clinical systems or through the Spine portal.
New ways are being developed to help systems suppliers design IT systems for health and care which can integrate with Spine or access important patient information. Contact the Digital Delivery Centre for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get support by calling the National Service Desk on 03003035035 or raising a call using the National service desk weblog tool.
The technical requirements for accessing NHS Digital services through Spine, with a smartcard. Find out if your environment is supported.
Developers can test health and care applications using our Spine test environment.