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Presently the NHS Digital Spine Mini Service capabilities are (a) the foundation of the service being an ITK compliant web service, and (b) the ITK compliant demographics service. Further details can be found by clicking on the headings for each capability.


The ITK Spine Mini Service functional specifications provide the basis on which all ITK capabilities are built, for example canonical message structure and common behaviours for error and exception handling.


The first capability provided by the NHS Digital Spine Mini Service is read-only access in the Demographics Service, to access a subset of patient demographic data.

Within the Requirements Pack the PDS – Spine Mini Services Provider Requirements-v1.0 document contains the details of the information model shown above. It also explains the provider requirements, the request message descriptions, plus behaviours of wildcards and data type format. Note: NHS Digital has implemented the Spine Mini Service as a central solution.

The Pack also contains the ‘PDS – Spine Mini Services Client Requirements-v1.0.pdf‘, a document which the Client developer will need to read to ensure the application meets the requirements within.

The Pack also contains the ‘SMSP Response Codes v1.0.xls’ spreadsheet, containing the general service message response codes and PDS specific ones. An example being a successful query would contain an SMSP-0000 Success code< value codeSystem=”2.16.840.1.113883.″ code=”SMSP-0000″/>