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News and events

Find out about the latest news and events for HSCN.

Webinars

N3 Closure and new arrangements from 1 April 2017 for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

The HSCN team will be running a series of webinars for CCGs in order to explain network connectivity arrangements following the closure of the central N3 contract. These webinars will cover service continuity arrangements from 1 April 2017 (including billing arrangements for your existing N3 services), new connectivity funding arrangements and the HSCN Connection Agreement.

You can pick from the following webinars and will receive an invite following registration:

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Tuesday, 7 March 2017
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Tuesday, 21 March 2017

N3 Closure and new arrangements from 1 April 2017 for Trusts

The HSCN team will be running a series of webinars on HSCN migration for NHS Trusts in order to explain network connectivity arrangements following the closure of the central N3 contract. These webinars will cover service continuity arrangements from 1 April 2017 (including billing arrangements for your existing N3 services), HSCN Trust funding applications, and the HSCN Connection Agreement.

You can pick from the following webinars and will receive an invite following registration:

  • 12:00pm - 1:00 Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Wednesday, 22 March 2017

News

HSCN Programme awards Peering Exchange contract

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) has achieved a major milestone with the award of the Peering Exchange Service contract to Redcentric Solutions Ltd.

The Peering Exchange is a critical component of HSCN and allows the interconnection of multiple supplier networks - enabling HSCN consumers using different network suppliers to reliably communicate.

Redcentric was selected following a competitive procurement process and the contract was awarded for 3 years.

Dermot Ryan, HSCN Programme Director for NHS Digital, said: "We are pleased to have awarded this contract to Redcentric. The Peering Exchange is a critical component of the HSCN infrastructure and the contract is a significant step forward in establishing an HSCN marketplace of assured network services. This marketplace will drive competition amongst suppliers, improve consumer choice, support innovation and deliver value for money. It is an important milestone in the migration from N3 to HSCN and will enable more opportunities for collaboration and support digital transformation which enhances health and social care."

Mo Siddiqi, Redcentric's Chief Operating Officer, added: "We are extremely proud to have been selected to underpin this key NHS Digital initiative. Our selection is due to the dedication and quality of our people and built on the foundation of many years of investment in the public and health care space. We are already one of the largest suppliers of N3 connectivity solutions and set to be amongst the first wave of new Consumer Network Service Providers (CNSPs). We take our responsibility very seriously and are totally committed to delivering this critical infrastructure and service for NHS Digital as part of our ambition to be the most trusted provider of network, cloud and collaboration solutions to NHS Digital and the wider public sector."

N3 catalogue

In order to support the timely transition of services and migration of customers from N3 to HSCN, NHS Digital has undertaken a review of the N3 catalogue and has limited the term of all new orders placed to a one year duration for the following services, taking effect from 1st May 2016:

  • Standard Reference Connections
  • Bespoke Services
  • Video Services
  • Voice Services

Any changes to existing Community of Interest Networks (CoINs) will be offered on terms which won't extend the end date of the existing CoIN term where this is possible.

Proposals for new CoIN arrangements under N3 will be considered by NHS Digital on a case by case basis, in consultation with the CoIN.

NHS Digital will provide guidance on how to access HSCN services when they become available.

Events

HSCN Summit 2017

The HSCN Summit 2017 organised by Public Sector Connect will be taking place on 6 April 2017 at the QEII Centre in London.

The HSCN Summit provides an excellent opportunity for health and social care representatives to engage with the organisations that will be delivering HSCN network services and supporting migration from N3 to HSCN.

For further details, and to register to attend the event please visit the HSCN Summit 2017 website.  

HSCN September 2016 Roadshows

During September 2016 we hosted a series of regional roadshows to support health and social care organisations prepare their migration from N3 services to new network arrangements for health and social care.

The full day events were aimed at existing N3 customers, specifically those responsible for commissioning network and ICT services on behalf of health and social care organisations. You can icon download the delegate pack [637.1Kb] for more information.

Each roadshow covered:

If you've missed out on these roadshows and would be interested in future events, please let us know by emailing hscnenquiries@nhs.net.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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