NHS Number

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Description This information standard sets out the scope and use of the NHS Number, which is the unique identifier for a patient within the NHS in England and Wales. There is an overarching standard, supplemented by two use cases for how the standard should be used in general practice and secondary care
Reference code ISB0149
Has the standard been published? Yes
Nationally Mandated Yes
Status of standard Active
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Standard type Data definitions and terminologies
Documentation Help Text
Link to Documentation https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/information-standards/information-standards-and-data-collections-including-extractions/publications-and-notifications/standards-and-collections/isb-0149-nhs-number
Contact details standards.assurance@nhs.net
  • Appointment / scheduling
  • Referrals
  • Access to records
  • Continuity of care (ToC)
  • Demographics
  • Key care information
  • Patient communication
Care setting
  • Community health
  • Hospital
  • Maternity
  • Mental health
  • Patient
  • GP / Primary care
  • Urgent and Emergency Care
Related standards * ISB 0149-01 NHS Number for General Practice * ISB 0149-02 NHS Number for Secondary Care * ISB 0086 Information Governance Toolkit * ISB 1512 Information Governance Standards Framework * ISB 1572 Sensitive Data * ISB 1077 AIDC for Patient Identification * ISB 1555 NHS Number for Babies
Dependencies No known dependencies
Assurance This standard has been approved by the Information Standards Board (legacy) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).