Replacement of County-Wide Data Network (N3) and Voice Services in 2019
Following a lengthy competitive tender process, the contract for the re-provision of the county’s wide area network and voice services has been awarded to BT. The HSCN (Health and Social Care Network) will replace the current N3 network and provide connectivity to the circa 200 Hospitals, Health Centres and GP surgeries and branches across the county.
The new network will deliver a 60% increase in the overall total bandwidth available across Cornwall & IoS over the current network. This means that c85% of Healthcare sites will receive an uplift in their network service. HSCN will also offer cost savings and greater operational flexibility and the ability to leverage new technologies as they become available. A detailed plan for deployment is being developed with all sites due to be migrated to the new service by August 2020.
The voice network will provide a single unified platform for telephony for the county and will replace the multiple legacy and aging systems currently in use, and will allow the health community to take advantage of new technologies to support patient care. Further communications will be issued once the detailed migration plans are developed.
For a calendar of events related to project progress including site surveys, commissioning and migration dates please add the following shared calendar to your NHSmail account: Cornwall.COIN@nhs.net.
Commissioning and Migration Appointments Planned for this Week.
NB: Appointments have been agreed by practices/sites unless otherwise stated.
|Date||Trust||Site||Type of Visit||Comments|
|17/09/19 at 12:00||NHSK||ROSEDEAN||MIGRATION|
|17/09/19 at 16:40||NHSK||TREVILLIS HOUSE*||MIGRATION|
|18/09/19 at 14:00||NHSK||PORT ISAAC SURGERY||COMMISSION||NOT CONFIRMED BY BT YET|
|18/09/19||NHSK||ST KEW HIGHWAY||COMMISSION||NOT CONFIRMED BY BT YET|
|18/09/19 at 22:15||CFT||CAMBORNE REDRUTH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL*||MIGRATION|
|20/09/19||NHSK||DOWNDERRY SURGERY||COMMISSION||NOT CONFIRMED BY BT YET|
|20/09/19||NHSK||QUAY LANE||COMMISSION||NOT CONFIRMED BY BT YET|
|20/09/19 at 12:00||CFT||BOLITHO HOSPITAL*||MIGRATION|
*N3 Voice Sites
The project is currently in the proof of concept phase, following which the rollout of HSCN will commence across the county.This phase is intended to test the technology and inform the rollout schedule.
HSCN circuits will continue to be delivered by Openreach until the end of this year and it is anticipated that all Cornwall’s sites will have migrated to HSCN by April 2020.
CITS are working with trust leads to arrange the commission and migration of circuits once they have been confirmed as ‘ready’ by BT and these leads should be your first port of call for information regarding the project.
For any further information about the HSCN project please contact your organisation lead. GP surgeries should contact NHS Kernow in the first instance.