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HSCN - Health and Social Care Network

The modern replacement for N3


What is HSCN

HSCN Migration


Find out more, speak to one of our HSCN specialists:

HSCN General Enquiries
e: hscn@adept.co.uk
t: 03445 734 685
Paul Mathews
e: paul.mathews@adept.co.uk
t: 07557 037 808
Garry Drinkwater
e: garry.drinkwater@adept.co.uk
t: 07785 616 327

HSCN Certificate of Compliance


How do I apply for HSCN funding?


How do IP adresses work on HSCN?


How does HSCN work?

Is it similar to N3?


HSCN - an interoperable 'network of networks'

HSCN will be an interoperable ‘network of networks’ provided by multiple suppliers who will adhere to common and open standards. It will act like a single network provided by many suppliers. This means health and care providers can access services and share information, regardless of their location or network supplier.

Can non-NHS organisations use HSCN?

Can HSCN be used by non-NHS organisations who provide health care?


All health and social care providers can connect to HSCN

As can medical service providers and suppliers. AdEPT has delivered HSCN connections to several private organisations involved in the provision of medical suppliers, agency staff, hosting and application services. There is a wide net of relevant parties.

Connecting to the HSCN

What do we need to do and how easy is it?


The HSCN Connection Agreement

Can we buy services that work over the HSCN network?

We would ideally like to buy IP voice services as well



We can offer you our full range of services available on the RM1045 network services agreement. Please contact us for more details.

Can non-NHS organisations use HSCN?

Can HSCN be used by non-NHS organisations who provide health care?


All health and care providers can connect to HSCN

This includes NHS and non-NHS organisations involved in the provision of health and care, as well as commercial 3rd parties who provide applications and services to health and care providers.

How do I buy HSCN services?

Are there different routes depending on whether I am from the public sector or the private sector?


Buying HSCN services is straightforward

Public sector organisations have the option of procuring HSCN using Crown Commercial Services (CCS) or via an OJEU process. There are two relevant frameworks, RM3825 and RM1045. They have similar terms & conditions. The advantage of Framework RM1045 (Network Services) is that simple purchase requirements can be completed via a Direct Award.

For non-public sector organisations, normal commercial awards can be made with suppliers. However, Framework RM3825 has been made available for commercial organisations to use.

Have an existing N3 connection?

We will fully advise you on all your options


AdEPT will support you in the transition

If the answer is No, we can advise on supporting you through not only establishing an HSCN connection but also advertising the route to the owners of the NHS applications you desire access to.

If the answer if Yes, the migration of your current IP addressing from N3 to HSCN is now a set of standardised processes. Having completed this process with customers, we can advise on the steps we follow and the engagement with both NHS Digital and the BT TACO team to ensure services are migrated efficiently.

Can you give me an idea of the HSCN services AdEPT provides?

AdEPT are currently Stage 2 Compliant, with live services being delivered


Live services being delivered

We can provide you with several options, including

  • a simple HSCN connection dedicated for sharing specific health applications within the HSCN shared environment
  • an MPLS based wide area network which provides a multiple service environment including bandwidth partitioning for voice services, public wi-fi services, corporate data and Internet, for example.

We have a range of connectivity, voice, unified communications and IT services to enhance your network and communications environment.

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  • Provide a successor to N3
  • Support strategic ambitions of NHS Business Plan (e.g. Five Year Forward View, Personalised Health and Care 2020, GP Forward View, STP’s and LDR’s
  • Ensure locally commissioned and procured HSCN services facilitate health and social care integration
  • Underpin and support health and social care transformation
Tracey Grainger

Head of Digital Primary Care Development, NHS England


  • N3 is being ramped down and no new N3 services will be available post March 2017
  • Existing N3 services are based on legacy access technologies and end-of-life endpoint technologies
  • In the majority of cases the network services you currently contract for have not been competed in the open
Patrick Clark

HSCN Programme, NHS Digital


  • Pre-tested supplier capability and financial standing
  • Pre-agreed terms and conditions, including award criteria
  • Established catalogue to support direct awards

Note 1: HSCN standard supplemental terms and conditions included
Note 2: Only suppliers with HSCN compliance can supply HSCN connectivity

Ieuan Trigger

Head of Network Services, CCS