News and events
Find out about the latest news and events for HSCN.
During 2017 the HSCN team ran a series of webinars on:
- regional procurement and migration guidance for NHS organisations
- changes surrounding the end of the N3 Agreement and preparing your move to the Health and Social Care Network
- the HSCN Connection Agreement
- HSCN migration for the private sector
For further information on these webinars or to request a copy of the presentations used please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HSCN Connection Agreement submission process
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 email@example.com.
Confirmation of funding for HSCN connectivity
13 June 2017
We've sent confirmation of the funding levels available for NHS organisations during June 2017. More information on HSCN funding allocations can be found on the Connectivity funding page.
Health and Social Care Network awards Network Analytics Services contract
22 May 2017
NHS Digital can confirm that Computacenter UK Ltd has been successful in the HSCN Network Analytics Services (NAS) procurement.
The procurement comprised of two Lots; Computacenter has therefore been awarded the NAS Partner contract for an initial 2 year term, and a contract to supply the materials required to build and scale the NAS for a period of up to 4 years.
The Network Analytics Service is a core component of the HSCN solution. The NAS will monitor network traffic and event data; and analyse this using a combination of software tooling and specialist resource to proactively identify abnormal traffic patterns and potentially malicious traffic on the HSCN. The service will be operated by NHS Digital, initially with the support of the NAS Partner.
This contract is another significant step forward in establishing HSCN core capabilities in readiness for migration.
Health and Social Care Network awards Advanced Network Monitoring contract
15 May 2017
NHS Digital can confirm that Capita Business Services Ltd has been awarded the HSCN Advanced Network Monitoring (ANM) services contract for 3 years, following a competitive procurement process.
The ANM service forms a key part of HSCN's central security controls by monitoring and filtering internet traffic on the network.
It is a critical component of the HSCN infrastructure and the contract is another significant step forward in establishing HSCN services.
Health and Social Care Network awards Transition Network contract
9 March 2017
NHS Digital has awarded a three year contract to British Telecommunications (BT) for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) Transition Network, which will assist in providing service continuity to N3 users as they move their network connectivity over to HSCN.
The N3 contract ends on 31 March 2017. NHS Digital is currently supporting N3 users to procure and move to HSCN services, which will be available from multiple suppliers.
The HSCN Transition Network provides a stable platform from which to move legacy N3 services to HSCN. It will reduce in size and cost as services are moved to HSCN, until it is no longer required.
HSCN Programme awards Peering Exchange contract
25 January 2017
The 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."
HSCN Summit North
The HSCN Summit North hosted by Public Sector Connect will be taking place on 25 October 2017 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
The HSCN Summit provides an excellent opportunity for health and social care representatives to talk with the organisations that will be delivering HSCN network services and supporting migration from the Transition Network to HSCN.
For further details, and to register to attend the event please visit the HSCN Summit North website.