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Explore and Make use of Nationally Defined Messaging APIs

Getting involved with GP Connect API

Getting involved with GP Connect

The Open API ecosystem

GP Connect is part of a wider initiative to expose standards based Open APIs to promote innovation and improve care across the NHS.


A capability is an area of focus for the GP Connect APIs. There are several initial capabilities defined.

Become an API consumer

If you’re planning on consuming data using GP Connect APIs then you’re a consumer system.

Become an API provider

If you’re planning on providing data using GP Connect APIs then you’re a provider system.

1. Get started

  • read about the GP Connect Priority capabilities
  • look through the design decisions made so far in relation to each capability pack (Foundations and Access Record HTML), and get involved:
    • SELECTED / DECISION A decision has been made for first release
    • ASSUMPTION An assumption has been made which is under review/needs validation

2. Explore

3. Develop

  • familiarise yourself with our GP Connect FHIR API guidance common to all APIs
  • explore the GP Connect profiled FHIR resources, a variation of the international FHIR resources, for Foundations and Access Record HTML
  • dig in deep and explore one or more of the GP Connect capability packs and start building new or hitting existing APIs:
  • finally take a look at cross-cutting areas:
    • JSON Web Token - Provides Cross organisation audit and provenance details
    • additional HTTP headers and proxy URL - This gives you access to the Spine Secure Proxy, the secure ‘front door’ of GP Connect APIs
    • configure HTTPS and TLS/MA - Security guidance allows you to secure and mutually authenticate your service with the Spine (which refers to two parties authenticating each other at the same time)

4. Assure

5. Deploy

  • become a first of type deployment - see below to get in touch with the GP Connect programme

Provide feedback

To provide feedback on the GP Connect specification please send an email to the GP Connect Team Inbox.

Some early feedback on the May 2016 release of the GP Connect draft specification can be found on the OpenHealthHub forum under the category of “FHIR Implementation”.

Community engagement

GP Connect is working closely with INTEROPen, a healthcare IT interoperability community of suppliers, NHS organisations and healthcare standards bodies in the UK.

Timescales, benefits and more

The content here is designed for a technical audience (that is, developers, architects and data scientists). For other details, such as the vision, timescales, business benefits and case studies, please see the NHS Digital GP Connect homepage.

All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated