Yorkshire and Humber Public Services Network

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It’s now over four years since the original YHPSN agreements with Virgin Media Business were signed for PSN Connectivity and Services, and those contracts are coming to an end. It is now time to start the re-procurement, reflecting the lessons learnt throughout the first iteration, and the emerging requirements as we enter the next.

The YHPSN re-procurement exercise coincides with the requirement by the NHS partners within the region to move away from the old N3 network arrangements and embrace the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) standards. The HSCN programme has confirmed that “Arguably the best option is for organisations to design and manage the procurement of an HSCN Compliant WAN in conjunction with the organisations they interact with most frequently” [HSCN Roadshows 2016 Delegate pack]. 

The resultant joined up approach will provide the unified network foundation of ‘One Public Estate’ across which we can deliver the Sustainability and Transformation (STP) and Digital Roadmap plans across the region, and involve all public sector organisations, including the Police and Ambulance services.

The YHPSN TRT is now working in partnership with NHS Digital (formally the HSCIC) and their HSCN Transition Team as an early adopter to ensure that the regional procurement matches the needs and aspirations of both the current PSN user base and the NHS partners as we define the Statement of Requirements for the replacement PSN and N3 networks and develop the pricing models and bidder document sets. This early adopter work will then be made available to other regions to reduce the time to market and help procure compatible and standardised solutions, supporting the mantra of ‘Standardise, Simplify and Share’.

We are now well advanced in the procurement development and will be going to the market in the April/May 2017.

We now have nearly 100% Partner membership from across Local Authorities, the Police, the NHS and Transport and so will be able to provide for the first time a true ‘Public Services Network’ in more than just name.