Personal Demographics Service - SMSP API
Use this API to access the Personal Demographics Service (PDS) - the national electronic database of NHS patient details such as name, address, date of birth, related people, registered GP and NHS number.
verify a patient's NHS number
retrieve a patient's details
search for patient details
You cannot use this API to:
update patient details
create a new record for a birth
receive birth notifications
create a new record for a new patient
register a new patient at a GP Practice - use National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) instead
does not require the end user to be strongly authenticated with a smartcard
only returns a result from a search if there is a single, unique match - it does not return multiple matches
Spine Mini Service Provider (SMSP) options
There are also commercially available products which give easier access to PDS, known as Spine Mini Service Providers (SMSPs).
These and other conforming software products are listed in our Conformance Catalogue.
If you are interested in becoming a provider of one of these products, see Personal Demographics Service - SMSP API standards.
Personal Demographics Service - SMSP API documentation