NHS mail

(Information updated April 2020)


NHS mail is a secure email service, approved for the transmission of patient data. NHS mail addresses have the suffix @nhs.net. 

Please note that emails will only be secure if both the sender and the recipient have email addresses ending in @nhs.net. 


To register for an @nhs.net email address, download an application form by visiting


Scroll down to 'To register for an NHSmail account through the regional contacts'. Follow the instructions there, and then send the completed form to england.optometryeast@nhs.net for MK practices, or to servicedesk.scwcsu@nhs.net for practices in the rest of Bucks.


Note that before you are registered you will need to have completed the reduced version of the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/. If you are registering as part of a practice, only one person per practice needs to do this. For more inforrmation on which version you need, see Quality in Optometry.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the date for submission of the DSPT for NHS mail has been extended to 30th September 2020. This means that you can apply for and begin using your new address, as long as you are working towards DSPT completion.


Where can I get help when completing the DSPT?

Quality in Optometry provides useful guidance and a checklist for individuals and practice owners, to help them meet the requirement.

AOP members can also read their GDPR advice for further information