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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.

Complete a HSCN Connection Agreement - Every organisation that wishes to use HSCN must complete a Connection Agreement.

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 private sector organisations

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

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 will be 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

HSCN funding

HSCN has now received agreement for devolved connectivity funding for Trusts, CCG and GP connectivity. The final arrangements are being confirmed in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England, and we will be talking to Trusts and CCGs to confirm devolved funding levels for 2017/18.

See more on HSCN funding

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.

From 24 July 2017 we'll no longer be accepting HSCN Connection Agreements that have not been submitted using the HSCN portal.

The portal provides a convenient method to view and submit the HSCN Connection Agreement for your organisation, with a check to ensure all requirements have been included. It will also allow you to easily keep details associated with your use of HSCN up to date.

If you've not yet submitted your HSCN Connection Agreement then please do so using the HSCN portal as early as possible.

If you require a reminder of your login details, or if you've not yet received an email inviting you to create a portal account, please contact

N3 services ended on 31 March 2017

The central contract arrangements for N3 ceased on 31 March 2017 and from that date you're no longer able to extend or buy new N3 services. Your connectivity will continue to be supported through the Transition Network and full HSCN services will be available later in 2017. See more on what the next steps are for existing customers.

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.

If you would like to discuss HSCN procurement and migration further please email to get in contact with your Regional Migration Managers (RMM).

Region/SectorRMM name
Yorkshire and the HumberSteve Barnes
North EastRichard Smith
West MidlandsJosephine Smith
North WestAndrew Williams
East of England and East MidlandsLinda Crowe
London areaRoy Ullah
South West and South CoastJim Busby
New to HSCN

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations, replacing N3.

Existing NHS and public sector customers

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations replacing N3.

HSCN Suppliers

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a standards-based 'network of networks' that has the effect of a single network.

HSCN news and events

Find out about the latest news and events 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 reguarly reviewed and updated by NHS Digital as required.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact

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