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NHS Digital issues £120m network services framework tender

Neil Merrett Published 15 June 2017

Proposed agreement aims to cover telecommunications needs of healthcare providers and broader public sector in line with Health and Social Care Network standards


A £120m framework tender has been launched by NHS Digital in order to provide a range of network services to healthcare organisations and the wider public sector over a four year period.

The proposed agreement will cover a number of functions including design and implementation services that are compliant with the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), as well as migration from existing telecommunications solutions.

HSCN, which went live in late March, will replace the existing N3 service that was implemented over a decade ago to connect healthcare bodies across England and intended to expire on April 1 this year.  However, it is understood that an indefinite transition period is currently in place while all existing services handled through N3 are switched to HSCN to ensure a smoother approach to transformation.

Public Service Network (PSN) complaint services will also be provided via the framework, which is intended to be open to fire and rescue services, as well as transport providers in the public sector.

The tender, issued through the Health and Social Care Information Centre that was rebranded to the trading name of NHS Digital last year, expects the agreement to go live from March next year.

According to the tender document, the framework is devised to try and reduce duplication of effort by different authorities, while meeting required migration deadlines and broader technical requirements set out as part of HSCN.

Services to be offered through the agreement will also be required to support service integration and services from shared locations.

Other important considerations include ensuring scalability within service offerings to support increased or decreased bandwidth, along with ensuring a maximum use of existing infrastructure to implement new solutions.

The framework is intended to support the following requirements:

- Wide Area Network Infrastructure

- Core network infrastructure

- Services complaint with technical, cyber and information government standards

- Service delivery and customer management functions

Potential suppliers have until July 21 to express interest in the oppurtunity.

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