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Development Journey

The diagram below provides a more detailed view of a typical Development Journey as a sequence of phases together with the key activities, support materials and/or services provided by the Ecosystem.

NHS e-RS API Development Journey

Note that not all activities are illustrated. For instance, Clinical Safety assessment and Information Governance (IG) assurance.

As shown in the figure above, a typical scenario involves the following steps:

  • Business Partner has an innovative idea related to the e-Referral Service
  • the Partner visits the NHS e-RS API Web Portal and navigates to the Get Started section
  • after reading the provided development information (which additionally covers other technical and non-technical documentation), they decide to gain hands-on experience of the API and register their interest
  • still on the Web Portal, they navigate to the API Console that allows them to Explore individual API operations (Subject to access provision)
  • as they acquire a reasonable grasp of the API framework, they begin the development lifecycle (Design, Implement and System Test) of the new software product
  • during this process, the Web Portal provides all the necessary Support including code samples, forums, and bug tracking features
  • the Ecosystem will provide test environments for both System Tests as well as Integration Tests
  • when the new software has been successfully integrated with an existing clinical system, subject to satisfying the relevant assurance process it will be certified as an NHS e-RS API Certified Product, after which it can be deployed in a live setting