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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.

For the NHS and public sector

HSCN procurement options - To migrate to HSCN you'll need to start procurement of new HSCN network services.
HSCN customer journey - A six-stage customer journey to help you understand the process of migrating to HSCN.

For other  organisations

Guidance and timelines to support private sector organisations in their migration from the Transition Network to HSCN services.

HSCN: an introduction for social care organisations to support social care providers looking to join HSCN

Health and Social Care Network

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations which replaced N3. It provides the underlying network arrangements to help integrate and transform health and social care services by enabling them to access and share information more reliably, flexibly and efficiently.

Health and care providers are able to obtain network connectivity from multiple suppliers in a competitive market place and in collaboration with other health and social care organisations.

New developments

NHS Digital launches first wave of Aggregated Procurements

The first NHS Digital led Aggregated Procurements (APs) for the South West, London, North East and South East regions have now launched.

Read more on these launches on our News and Events page

There's also a timetable of upcoming APs and details of which organisations are included.

HSCN devolved funding for 2018/19

NHS Digital recently communicated agreed devolved funding levels for all NHS organisations for financial year 2018/19. Read more on HSCN funding arrangements.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) launches new HSCN Access Services dynamic purchasing system (RM3825)

NHS Digital are pleased to announce that the new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for HSCN Access Services, RM3825, went live for customers on Friday 24th November.

RM3825 is recommended by NHS Digital as the most efficient route to market for HSCN procurement and we're expecting all HSCN compliant suppliers to join the DPS. Read more on the CCS website.


Useful documents

The HSCN Buying Guide

The icon HSCN Buying Guide [841.4KB] provides useful information to new and existing customers considering buying a HSCN Connection.

The HSCN Migration Checklist

The icon HSCN Migration Checklist v1.0 [47.64KB] provides details of the actions you'll need to take at each stage of your migration to HSCN from the Transition Network.

Other useful HSCN documents, forms and guidance can be found on the Technical Guidance and supplier documentation pages.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have also published HSCN procurement templates and guidance on their website .

Sign the HSCN Connection Agreement

The HSCN Connection Agreement sets out the things HSCN customers must do before and whilst using HSCN. Learn more and complete a HSCN Connection Agreement.

Quick contacts

General HSCN enquiries - email
Media enquiries - contact our press office on 0300 303 3888 or email
N3 enquiries - legacy N3 customers can contact the BT helpdesk on 0800 085 0503 (select option 3) for information about existing network services.

New to HSCN

All the info you need to get a new HSCN connection.

Existing NHS and public sector customers

Next steps for existing Transition Network (legacy N3) users migrating to HSCN.

HSCN Suppliers

Information on which suppliers can offer HSCN connectivity and the HSCN supplier compliance process.

HSCN news and events

Find out about the latest news, events and webinars for HSCN.

Private sector organisations: migration advice

Support and guidance for private sector organisations migrating from the Transition Network to HSCN.

HSCN technical guidance

Guidance, policy and best practice documents covering all technical aspects of HSCN. Documents on this page will be regularly reviewed and updated by NHS Digital as required.

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