Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) will provide a reliable, safe and efficient way for health and care organisations to exchange electronic information, at the end of the N3 contract in 2017.
Information about the N3 service
N3 customers can find further information about existing network services on the N3 website.
How N3 will change to HSCN
Live N3 services will continue whilst replacement services are established. 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.
Further funding requests for N3 will be made as necessary to ensure continuity of service for customers.
Our top priority is to ensure the service keeps running smoothly, while we design the best possible future service to serve the needs of the whole health and care sector.
Additional information will be added to the latest news pages in due course.
Customers, stakeholders and potential suppliers are currently being consulted about how the service is designed, built and delivered.
Throughout spring 2015, we have carried out initial consultations with small groups of network users and suppliers, plus online surveys of customers and stakeholders from across the health and social care sector.
Headline results of the surveys will be available here in due course.
By the end of June 2015, we will produce a 'Blueprint' document setting out how the Health and Social Care Network will work.
The information we gather will help us to procure the required services later this year. The future funding arrangements for HSCN will also be determined later in the year.
We anticipate being able to transition to the new service during 2016-2017.