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NHS Number: information for staff

The NHS Number is the only national unique patient identifier in operation in the NHS.

Using the NHS Number makes it possible to share patient information safely, efficiently and accurately across NHS organisations.

Using NHS Numbers for commissioning and contracting

Help for commissioners and providers using NHS Numbers for payment purposes.

NHS Number standards

NHS Number Information Standards for the complete adoption of the NHS Number.


Guidance available to organisations using or planning to use NHS Number.

Benefits of NHS Number

Discover the benefits and the importance of using the NHS Number.