Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) programme will provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.
The programme was established in July 2014 to manage the exit from the existing N3 contract (which expires in March 2017) and to provision successor network services capable of supporting the health and social care system.
The requirements for information access and sharing have changed significantly over recent years and so the underlying networking arrangements needed to support an affordable, agile and integrated health and social care sector need to change as well.
HSCN is designed to support the aspirations set out by the Department of Health and NHS England through the National Information Board – Personalised Care 2020 and NHS England Five Year Forward View. It aims to establish a standards-based approach to network services that will better enable interoperability between health and care organisations and create a competitive marketplace for the supply and consumption of network services.
Information about the N3 service
N3 customers can find further information about existing network services on the N3 website.
How will HSCN services be introduced?
We intend to establish N3 successor services during the course of 2016/17. We will support N3 customers to transition to HSCN services at the earliest opportunity and with minimal disruption. We will also help other health and social care providers to adopt HSCN services in support of requirements to share information and deliver joined up citizen-centric health and care provision.
In the meantime, N3 services will continue to operate. N3 users can continue to order N3 services in the normal way and any changes in these arrangements will be communicated in advance to customers.
The business case for HSCN has been approved by the Department of Health and is now with Cabinet Office and HM Treasury for final approval. We expect to initiate major procurement activity in early 2016 and that transition activity will commence later in 2016.
We have been consulting with health, social care and industry organisations during our discovery and design phase and will continue to do so as we move into our procurement and transition phases.
How to engage with the HSCN Programme
Programme Advisory Group (PAG)
We have established a senior level user group known as the HSCN Programme Advisory Group (PAG). The group has representation from a broad range of stakeholders. You can view the group's Terms of Reference (PDF, 227.9kB), which includes a list of members. Please feel free to contact the PAG member representing your type of organisation.
In addition we have engaged with a broad range of existing, sector specific forums and will continue to communicate through these channels going forward. We will publish a list of these forums shortly.
In addition to the above you can email us at email@example.com
We have engaged relevant ICT providers through Tech UK, Innopsis and directly. We intend to deliver a number of market engagement activities over the coming months prior to initiating a series of major procurements in early 2016.