The NHSmail password policy was introduced in May 2019 to help keep the NHSmail service safe in line with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidelines.
Passwords are valid for 365 days and all users will receive reminders to change their password via email 18, 10, 5, 2 and 1 day(s) before it’s expiry date.
All passwords must follow the following criteria:
- They must be 10 characters or more in length without spaces;
- They must not match the previous 4 passwords used;
- Must not contain the users First Name or Last Name within the password;
- Not detected as a common password, for example Password123, Winter2018;
- Not detected as a breached password (a password used for an account that has previously been compromised or identified as having been breached according to an internet-based breach database).
- Please refer to the Application account guidance for more information regarding Application account password complexity requirements.
Some reminders to help users keep their NHSmail account active and get the best experience from their account:
- Record a UK mobile number and set a user account secret to their profile – this will allow a user to reset their password via their local IT or NHSmail Helpdesk.
- Register at least one authentication method on their account – this will allow users to reset their password online at any time without contacting your local IT or NHSmail Helpdesk
- Change password on all devices – to prevent their account from becoming locked, users will need to update their password on all the devices (including personal devices) that they use to access NHSmail, for example mobile phone, Outlook desktop, tablet etc.
If you require additional help and support, the NHSmail helpdesk is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week on 0333 200 1133 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Last Reviewed Date||27/07/2023|