Information for Developers about the Apps Library (Beta)
What is the NHS Apps Library and how do you get your app on there?
The NHS Apps Library (apps.beta.nhs.uk) has
been launched as a beta site.
It provides citizens, patients and clinicians with a trusted selection of digital health,
care and well-being applications.
This enables patients and citizens to access health care related tools that have been
designed and tested to support the self-management and prevention
of health related conditions.
These pages provide options to developers who have existing health apps they would like to
see on the library. It also provides options for those of you who are interested in the
library or have an idea for a health app that they'd like to develop.
All apps must pass the Digital Assessment Questionnaire (DAQs) to ensure that only
trusted, high quality apps are available on the Apps Library. They must also be available
in either Apple, Google or Microsoft App Stores. The library does not host apps, it
provides links to the stores.
The NHS is working to update and enhance these pages and the experience for app developers.
To do this we are testing concepts, designs and user experience and we are actively seeking
feedback from developers.
In order to drive and maintain a high-quality offering of products on the NHS Apps Library
we have a Digital Assessment Questionnaire and review process that enables developers to
provide information and evidence against relevant national standards and best practices.
The digital assessment questionnaire and assessment review process is being tested via
this beta site to enable a collaboration environment for developers, health care
professionals and patients. This supports us in the development of a fit-for-purpose
process that is efficient and effective.
As the process flow below shows, once you have submitted your app for assessment
it will go through a pre-assessment process at NHS Digital to determine if your
app is suitable. If it qualifies, you will be invited to take part in the self-assessment
by answering the digital assessment questions.
Once we have received your submission, they will be reviewed by our subject matter
experts; these are specialists in various fields (regulatory, clinical safety,
data security etc.). Timescales for assessment may vary but can typically take
around 2 to 4 weeks and is dependent on how the app performs against the assessment
When an app has successfully satisfied the assessment criteria it will go through a
process that will lead to publication on the NHS Apps Library. To get an indication
of the criteria used, you can view the Digital Assessment Questionnaire – Beta.
Submit an App for assessment
If your app is in public use and is ready to be assessed using the Digital Assessment
Questions, please submit your app below.
Register your Interest
The NHS are keen to work with developers and interested parties. If you would like to be involved and receive information on future updates please register your interest below.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are currently improving the developer guidance information to meet the needs of developers. As a part of this process, we want to encourage the development of a user group for health apps developers.
The NHS Apps Library can be found at apps.beta.nhs.uk. Many of the apps will be accessed by patients when viewing the condition-related content pages of NHS Choices.
NHS Digital is working quickly to improve the process by which developers can get their apps onto the library as part of the beta site. In the meantime we advise you to look at the digital assessment questions (https://developer.nhs.uk/daq/) and the guidance for developers on https://developer.nhs.uk/apps/ and register your interest on the site.
If you have an existing app currently in public use and you feel that it is ready to pass through the Digital Assessment Questions, please Submit your app to begin the process.