Public sector networks specialist TNP gains Stage 2 HSCN compliance14/05/2018

Public sector networks specialist TNP has become one of the first companies to complete the rigorous Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) Stage 2 compliance process, which now qualifies them to deliver HSCN services to public sector customers.

Lancaster-based TNP (The Networking People (Northwest) Ltd) was accepted onto the Crown Commercial Service RM3825 Dynamic Purchasing System for HSCN – the procurement route for organisations wishing to purchase HSCN-compliant services – when it went live at the end of 2017.

The latest achievement in the HSCN compliance process enables TNP to offer its unique insight and expertise gained in developing and maintaining public sector networks for health trusts, local councils and other public sector bodies.

The HSCN data network has been designed and built by NHS Digital as a single interoperable ‘network of networks’ provided by multiple suppliers such as TNP and employing common and open standards.

It aims to connect the health and social care system through a highly reliable private network and security enhanced internet from a choice of suppliers

Ian Anderson, Solutions Architect with TNP, explains: “HSCN is all about creating greater efficiency within the procurement process and offering health trusts the confidence of dealing with approved suppliers.

“It is designed to reduce duplication and improve collaboration between health and social care organisations by enabling them to reuse and share existing network infrastructure and services. In many ways that mirrors TNP’s own flexible and innovative approach to networks which has seen huge benefits for public sector organisations able to retain and adapt existing infrastructure where appropriate, while maximising network effectiveness.”

“Our extensive experience working with health trusts and other public sector organisations to rationalise and improve their networking capabilities is a key advantage in delivering greater value for HSCN users.”

“We are looking forward to working with health trusts and social care providers to free them from the constraints of legacy networks and enhance performance for users from patients through to front-line staff.”

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