Health and Social Care Network
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) will provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.
Become an HSCN supplier
The HSCN programme is moving away from traditional long, single supplier contracts in order to create a marketplace of network options for health and social care organisations.
News and events
Browse our news and events page to find:
- dates of upcoming HSCN interactive webinars
- dates and locations of upcoming HSCN roadshows
- the latest HSCN project news and updates
The Benefits of HSCN
The HSCN replaces the current centrally managed N3 national private network. Instead, HSCN offers a standards-based network that will enable multiple suppliers to provide interoperable network services to health and social care organisations.
The HSCN offers a number of benefits over the existing N3 private network, such as:
- a competitive marketplace that encourages innovation, driving down cost and increasing quality
- offering a choice of suppliers and procurement options to suit your needs
- enabling easier connectivity through a simpler 'Connection Agreement'
Read more about migrating from N3 and obtaining HSCN services
Suppliers in the HSCN environment fall into two categories.
HSCN Connectivity Suppliers
Network suppliers seeking to sell HSCN Wide Area Network Connectivity services to health and social care organisations.
HSCN Central Services Suppliers
ICT suppliers seeking to provide services in support of the following capabilities:
- Peering Network Exchange
- Advanced Network Monitoring
- Network Analytics Services
Engage with HSCN
Find out how best to Engage with HSCN if you're an existing N3 customer, a new customer or a supplier.
General HSCN enquiries - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media enquiries - contact our Press Office on 0300 303 3888 or email email@example.com
N3 enquiries - N3 customers can find further information about existing network services and contacts on the N3 website
We'll help N3 customers plan their migration to HSCN.
HSCN is a standards-based 'network of networks' that has the effect of a single network
The Health and Social Care Network will enable health and social care organisations to access and share information more reliably, flexibly and efficiently.
HSCN connectivity funding arrangements will support the adoption of network services.
Find out how best to get in touch with HSCN if you're an existing N3 customer, a new customer or a supplier