HSCN IP address management
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) programme will provide new and significantly different network services to the N3 network it succeeds.
HSCN will create the effect of a single network across health and social care providers and their partners. It will support more integrated care and is available to all health and social care organisations in England.
HSCN Internet Protocol address management process
As part of your migration to HSCN, you may want or need to migrate your existing IP addresses. This will be managed by the Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) team.
NHS Digital will manage and administer the HSCN IP addressing policy and the IPAM function. The IPAM team will manage the allocation and return of subnets from the HSCN IP address space.
We will introduce an online tool to make IP address management easier - this will be available from February 2018.
For early adopters who need to make amendments prior to the launch of the online tool we have created an interim IPAM process:
- Complete the Early Adopter IPAM Request Form.
- The IPAM team will acknowledge your submission within five working days.
- Your requested IP addresses and migration date will be reviewed by the IPAM team, and every effort will be made to meet your requirements.
- The IPAM team will send an email confirmation within ten working days from the date of acknowledgement, or contact you if further details are required.
Requirement for additional IP addresses
If you require an additional allocation of IP addresses, then please complete the HSCN Private IP Address Allocation Request form [107.95KB] and return by email to email@example.com.
This form is only for organisations with sites already connected to HSCN that have a requirement for an additional allocation of IP addresses from the NHS private IP address space; 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255.
This form should not be used to request NHS private IP address allocations for sites connected to the Transition Network (legacy N3).
Further information and enquiries
HSCN IP addressing policy
Further information is available from the HSCN IP addressing policy. The policy applies to all direct connections to the HSCN from organisations of all types, including NHS, social care, and third-party organisations, such as application providers.
HSCN IP addressing good practice guidelines
The HSCN IP addressing good practice guidelines document provides advice and guidance for IP addressing and related key protocols for organisations connected to HSCN.
Transition Network IP addressing policy
The Transition Network IP addressing policy details the current NHS Digital IP addressing for Transition Network (legacy N3) users.
For enquiries please email the HSCN IPAM team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further guidance will also be made available via supplier and consumer webinars. You can find details of upcoming webinars on the HSCN news and events page or email email@example.com to request presentations and content from previous webinars.
This HSCN Internet Protocol (IP) addressing policy defines the legitimate addressing schemes and the working principles for their use. This policy statements set out in this document are necessary to underpin the transition to the HSCN in support of the business needs of health and social care.
The NHS Transition Network addressing policy mandates the use of the private IP address range from 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255 within the core of the Transition Network (TN) and for legacy continuing orders.
This transition guidance document is designed to provide advice relating specifically to IP addressing for organisations that are migrating from the Transition Network (TN) to the HSCN.