Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is delighted to announce the launch of a new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) agreement in conjunction with NHS Digital and Innopsis.
HSCN enables health professionals from NHS trusts, hospitals, GPs, social care organisations and non-public sector bodies to communicate and share information, delivering efficient, effective public services that meet the needs of citizens.
The new agreement will help health and social care organisations transform their network access from a single network to a vibrant and competitive multi supplier network, that will generate significant cost savings for health and social care consumers.
This competitive marketplace is enabled by a dynamic purchasing system (DPS), tailored to HSCN requirements, initially with 9 suppliers including SMEs. This is expected to increase over the coming months as and when suppliers become HSCN compliant, ensuring offerings remain competitive and innovative.
HSCN specific terms and conditions, which are pre-agreed with industry, will reduce existing procurement timescales, saving time and money drafting and negotiating bespoke documentation. The standardised documentation also enables HSCN consumers to generate great savings compared to their current arrangements.
Dermot Ryan, NHS Digital’s HSCN Programme Director says:
‘Creating a competitive market for network services in health and social care, to drive both product innovation and value for money, has been an ambition of the HSCN programme since the outset. Working in partnership with Crown Commercial Service, the establishment of the HSCN dynamic purchasing system is a significant part of realising this ambition. The DPS will promote the formation of a thriving market in HSCN services and provide health and social care customers with an easy to use, low risk way of procuring compliant services.’
For more information on our new DPS, the latest supplier list and guidance: