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Future Connectivity

Ensuring health and care organisations have the right underlying network infrastructure, broadband connectivity and wireless technology in place to support the growing demand for bandwidth and reliable connectivity.

Background

Health and care organisations continue to adopt, deploy and rely on more sophisticated digital services. It is critical to ensure the right underlying network infrastructure, broadband connectivity and wireless technology is in place to support the growing demand for bandwidth and reliable connectivity especially in those locations which are hard to reach. 

The Future Connectivity Programme consists of 4 active projects:

  • Gigabit Pathways for Health
  • ADSL Level Up
  • Care Home Connectivity
  • Wireless Centre of Excellence

By 2025, the Future Connectivity programme will identify priority health and care sites and match fund installation costs to enable the NHS to achieve the timely adoption of gigabit capable connectivity by:

  • baselining existing connectivity and network infrastructure and identifying its future connectivity requirements, developing local investment cases for connectivity
  • ensuring alignment and exploitation of DCMS’s Project Gigabit and commercial activity, investing directly where neither DCMS nor the market will deliver in time
  • providing expert commercial, delivery and industry support and guidance to enable effective and efficient access to better connectivity services
  • enabling organisations to take up gigabit capable connections through funding contributions

It will also ensure the NHS maximises opportunities from wireless technologies by establishing a Wireless Centre of Excellence to:

  • make sure the NHS can understand and navigate the plethora of wireless technologies available, and understand how and when they can be used to support healthcare delivery
  • drive innovation through the deployment of wireless technologies – identifying, developing, and sharing best practice
  • develop health focussed, independent and unbiased advice and guidance to enable maximum capability from existing wireless deployments and procure the right future wireless connectivity for continued transformation
  • seek to maximise universal access to high quality WiFi, reliable cellular and satellite coverage through market and NHS engagement

Programme scope

The programme is in place to enable the provisioning of wired and wireless connectivity across the health and care sector including:

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) as they are formed
  • GPs
  • Acute hospitals
  • Mental health
  • Community health
  • Ambulance
  • Care homes 

Last edited: 29 April 2022 1:56 pm