New framework for those looking to supply HSCN data services to healthcare departments. Soon all NHS organisations will be required to procure HSCN connectivity.
HSCN Access Services, or the Health & Social Care Network Access Services Agreement (RM3825), is currently in development to allow buyers to access a range of qualified & compliant suppliers to supply a range of data services that may also include telephony. Soon all NHS organisations will be required to procure HSCN connectivity.
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new wide area data network for health and care organisations that will replace the existing N3 network. The HSCN will hopefully provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations such as NHS, Trusts, CCGs Local Authorities etc. to access and exchange electronic information. Once their N3 contracts expire, HSCN Access Services framework will be used to allow suppliers to bid for this work.
While Crown Commercial Services & NHS Digital alongside industry body Innopsis are consulting with potential suppliers as to the scope of the framework from May-September, we know that the entire consumer base will be able to access the framework.
Crown Commercial Services will be launching a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for this framework.
While there are some similarities between a DPS and a more traditional Framework such as Network Services (RM1045), this approach will be different in several ways:
The authority must generally make a decision to admit a supplier within 10-15 days and will be based on a selection questionnaire process, including a DPS-specific questionnaire.
…aim to provide connectivity for the NHS and wider health and social care providers, which fall into 2 categories:
…may be subject to change, however this is what we are anticipating at this stage:
|PIN Published||5 May 2017|
|Stakeholder Engagement||May-September 2017|
|OJEU Publish||Early October 2017|
|Tender Submission||October-November 2017|
|Agreement Live||Mid-November 2017|
Based on the supplier feedback received, CCS will be using the existing Network Services RM1045 Terms and Conditions with some amendments incorporated to suit the HSCN eco-system.
Please note that all suppliers that wish to supply HSCN connectivity services will need to become HSCN Compliant. There is a helpful page on the NHS Digital site that can assist your understanding of the requirements to become HSCN Compliant.
To hear about our services and how we can help you to access this marketplace, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 974 414.