TNP accepted onto Dynamic Purchasing System for Health & Social Care Network02/01/2018

Public sector networking specialist TNP Ltd has been accepted onto the new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the Health & Social Care Network (HSCN), a key route to market for suppliers delivering new telecoms services to the health and social care sector.

The Dynamic Purchasing System (RM3825) which was created by NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) went live on November 26th, and is the procurement route for organisations wishing to purchase HSCN-compliant services, which may eventually replace the existing Public Services Network procurement system

Acceptance onto the DPS is an important achievement for TNP (The Networking People) which supplies networking expertise and services to health trusts, local councils and other public sector bodies. TNP has already gained HSCN accreditation.

Commercial Director Chris Wade explains: “This DPS aims to benefit customers and suppliers by creating a more dynamic and competitive marketplace which can deliver significant savings for health trusts. The cost of network connectivity has been driven down while the opportunities for increasing bandwidth and offering more services have emerged.”

These exciting developments are a natural fit with TNP’s proposition to offer our clients greater value through an innovative and pragmatic approach to networks and consultancy, and we are looking forward to working within the Health and Social Care Network

HSCN was designed and built by NHS Digital in partnership with suppliers and customers, as the successor to the N3 network and connects the health and social care system through a highly reliable private network and security enhanced internet from a choice of suppliers. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) developed the HSCN Access Services DPS (RM3825) working with NHS Digital and the industry. It will be managed by the CCS Network Services team.

The DPS provides a route to market for health, social care, and related customers, to procure access to the HSCN. It can be used to procure connectivity and support with transition and implementation, along with supplementary services including PSN connectivity, cloud access, ISP services, virtual routing and forwarding (VRF), network access and security, virtual private networks (VPN), firewalls, and intrusion prevention & detection.

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