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HSCN Connectivity Suppliers

What is HSCN?
Why you should become an HSCN Connectivity supplier
Procurement routes
Become an HSCN Connectivity Supplier
HSCN design - baseline position documents
HSCN compliance documents
Contact us
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What is HSCN?       

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

HSCN will provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

By reducing complexity, standardising networks, enabling service sharing and extending the parameters of collaborative working, it will save money, enable information to be reliably shared and help health and social care staff work together in more effective and efficient ways.

Why you should become an HSCN Connectivity supplier

HSCN is a standards-based 'network of networks' that has the effect of a single network. Any network supplier able to demonstrate compliance with the HSCN standards (detailed in the HSCN Obligations Framework) will be able to sell and deploy HSCN network services to the health and care sector.

We've designed the icon HSCN Obligations Framework [156.11KB] in consultation with industry in order to ensure close alignment with common industry standards and to maximise supplier participation in the HSCN Marketplace.

Whilst health and social care organisations will need to obtain HSCN compliant connectivity to support their business operations, we're not mandating any particular supplier or purchasing route for them to use. Instead they will be empowered to choose the suppliers and the network solutions that best meet their needs.

HSCN will provide a large consumer base for suppliers

HSCN is designed to support both the NHS and the numerous non-NHS organisations increasingly becoming involved in the provision of health and care services.

HSCN creates more opportunities for network and system suppliers

The HSCN standards have been designed to enable small, medium and large network suppliers to achieve HSCN compliance and sell connectivity services to the health and care sector. Suppliers with regional rather than national coverage will be able to take part and compete alongside larger suppliers.

Procurement routes

Health and care organisations will be able to source HSCN compliant services in a number of ways. Broadly these include:

Collaborative Self-Serve Procurement
Organisations can design and manage the procurement of an HSCN compliant Wide Area Network (WAN), in collaboration with the organisations they interact with most frequently, in order to deliver health and social care services. They may choose to run such a procurement using an existing procurement framework such as Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework RM1045 but this isn't mandatory.

Centrally Managed Aggregated Procurement
NHS Digital will be managing a series of aggregated procurements on behalf of health and care organisations that don't wish to, or are unable to, manage their own network procurement at this time.

Individual Self-Serve Procurement
Organisations can acquire HSCN connectivity for their own organisation only. They may choose to run such a procurement using an existing procurement framework such as Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework RM1045 but this isn't mandatory.

Direct Award
Whilst we'll be actively encouraging health and social care organisations to run or join competitions in the HSCN marketplace, some organisations may be able to obtain good value HSCN compliant connectivity using an existing contract or by joining an existing regional network partnership.

Become an HSCN Connectivity Supplier

If you're interested in becoming a HSCN Connectivity Supplier you'll need to read the HSCN design-baseline position documents and the compliance documents and complete the application form below. If you would like to discuss becoming a HSCN supplier then please contact compliance.HSCN@nhs.net

HSCN design - baseline position documents

We have documented the HSCN design within the two documents below.

This is the icon HSCN Operational Design Overview [917.3KB] which describes the technical operating model for HSCN.

This is the icon HSCN Solution Overview [1.11MB] which describes the technical infrastructure and HSCN capabilities that support this.

HSCN compliance documents

The following documents and application form are now available.

The icon HSCN Compliance Operating Model [735.06KB] details the process and required activities that a supplier will need to undertake in order to achieve and retain HSCN Compliance. Please read this document prior to reading any of those detailed below as it will help you understand the overall process of becoming a HSCN Supplier and the compliance documentation structure.

The HSCN Compliance application form must be completed by the supplier in order to apply for Stage 1 HSCN Compliance.

Upon reaching Stage 1 compliance, suppliers will be permitted to use the icon HSCN Assurance Mark. [502.98KB]

The icon CAS(T) Security Addendum and annex [421.53KB] is Appendix item 3 in the HSCN Compliance Operating Model. It indicates when suppliers must achieve compliance against the listed security controls in order to obtain and maintain HSCN Compliance.

The icon HSCN Obligations Framework [156.11KB] details the obligations that HSCN Suppliers shall adhere to for the supply, delivery and operation of HSCN Connectivity Services to HSCN Consumers.

The icon HSCN CN-SP Service Management Requirement Addendum [2.24MB] provides additional detail for section 3 (Service Management Requirements) of the HSCN Obligations Framework.

The icon CN-SP Deed [313.02KB] details HSCN Supplier and HSCN Authority undertakings required to ensure that the HSCN Connectivity Services are provided to an appropriate quality. The CN-SP Deed must be signed by the supplier in order to achieve Stage 1 HSCN Compliance and HSCN Supplier status.

The icon HSCN Mandatory Supplemental Terms [26.5KB] provides a set of standard clauses that HSCN Suppliers must include in every HSCN Consumer Contract for the delivery of HSCN Connectivity Services.

The Change Control Process describes the mechanism by which amendments will be made to the supplier compliance product set. This document is being drafted and will be discussed with the Innopsis group prior to publication.

Contact us

If you have any queries about any of the above information please contact compliance.HSCN@nhs.net.

Document library

Document titleDate published / last reviewed
icon HSCN Operational Design Overview [917.3KB] 12 April 2017
icon HSCN Solution Overview [1.11MB] 12 April 2017
icon HSCN Compliance Operating Model [735.06KB] 05 December 2016
icon CAS(T) Security Addendum and annex [421.53KB] 23 November 2016
icon HSCN Obligations Framework [156.11KB] 05 December 2016
icon HSCN CN-SP Service Management Requirement Addendum [2.24MB] 05 December 2016
icon CN-SP Deed [313.02KB] 12 May 2017
icon HSCN Mandatory Supplemental Terms [26.5KB] 05 December 2016

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