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), allows buyers to access a range of qualified & compliant suppliers to supply a range of data services. Soon all NHS organisations will be required to procure HSCN connectivity.
This framework is now open to applications! Crown Commercial Services will be launching a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for this framework on 24 November 2017.
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 is used to allow suppliers to bid for this work.
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:
|OJEU Contract Notice dispatch||13 October 2017|
|Open DPS to bidders to request to participate||16 October 2017|
|Initial period for responding to bidders questions||16 October 2017 – 06 November 2017|
|Initial period for accepting requests to participate||16 October 2017 – 13 November 2017|
|Anticipated DPS Live Date||24 November 2017|
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.
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