CCGs are expected to initiate procurement of HSCN services during 2017/18, followed by migration to HSCN services. We recommend early engagement with GPs to outline network requirements and procurement approaches.
CCGs have the option to commission and buy HSCN services for themselves, and their primary care organisations within a single procurement. CCGs also have the option to join aggregated procurements managed by NHS Digital on behalf of the NHS.
Whilst the funding contribution for corporate administration flows through the CCG baseline allocations, the Department of Health has historically made a discretionary contribution to the cost of certain types of network to NHS organisations.
In December 2016 the Digital Delivery Board approved the provision of a limited and tapering contribution towards the ongoing cost of WAN connectivity to NHS organisations over the lifetime of the HSCN business case to 2020/21. This funding will flow non-recurrently through the CCG baseline allocation.
This tapering contribution is designed to provide a financial incentive for organisations to move away from more expensive legacy services and to provide transitional financial support as the system moves to a position where network connectivity is funded solely from CCG baseline allocations, as per other utility services.
2018/19 CCG funding
In 2018/19 the contribution is based on:
- an equitable contribution (based upon your historic N3 costs) towards service costs associated with legacy WAN connectivity
- an equitable contribution towards service costs associated with HSCN connectivity
- a contribution towards set up costs (equivalent to 16 months rental costs amortised over a 3-year period)
Contribution in future years will cover the same points above and will be determined each year during central business planning processes based on affordability.