2014 Report details for project: Health and Social Care Network

Project name: Health and Social Care Network - there are 6 reports for this project: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DOH (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: The project will deliver a Wide Area Network (WAN) to support the needs of health and care in delivering business critical services and systems. Currently, N3 gives pervasive access to health to a range of national applications and N3 services such as VOIP and Video Conferencing and is fundamental to NHS service delivery. The deployment of a future WAN on the expiration of N3 (currently March 31st 2014) is essential for ensuring health and care is able to deliver services and quality care to patients. Furthermore, the information sharing needs across the public sector are growing exponentially. This investment will deploy a compliant Public Services Network for Health which will not only ensure interworking within health and care but also between the wider public sector. This will also enable access to the legacy N3 infrastructure during transition which will ensure health and care can transition from N3 to PSNH without loss of service, it is envisaged transition will last up to 3 years. The specific objectives are: • To underpin the Information Strategy by permitting the flow of electronic information between health and social care organisations. • To comply with government policies for the use of shared services. • To recognise and support health and care providers’ choice in their ICT by enabling devolved infrastructure procurement. • To facilitate a private network that meets information security standards. • To enable flexible communications infrastructure. • To provide continuity of Service
DCA (RAG): Red
DCA text: PSNH was rated RED Delivery Confidence at MPA Gateway 2 Review. While progress has been made against the recommendations, Delivery Confidence remained RED due to the dependency upon the N3 programme to achieve extension. N3 Delivery Confidence was RED as the extension business case has failed to gain approval. Any approval to spend from 1st April for N3 became contingent upon moving into the termination period provided for in the contract and agreeing a revised commercial position with BT. In addition, a clear agreement on future strategic intent was needed before the approval for N3 could be granted. To ensure PSNH can deliver successfully, continuity of service for the current N3 was necessary, to enable the requisite time for procurement and implementation. Therefore, due to N3 having a Delivery Confidence of RED for the current service and the delivery of the revised business case, PSNH Delivery Confidence was also stated as RED. N3 has subsequently moved into transition and funding has been approved. Agreement on the future strategic intent for health and care networking has also been agreed with the Cabinet Office as part of the approval; the PSNH programme is now working to achieve the commitments made by the end of June 2014. Delivery Confidence rating remains RED as any future approvals for PSNH are contingent on ensuring the commitments within the strategic intent are evaluated and progressed by the end of June 2014.
Start date: 2012-03-29
End date: 2014-10-10
Schedule text: Programme milestones refreshed to reflect anticipated two year extension of the N3 existing service. The PSNH programme is currently discussing plans for the replacement service with the Cabinet Office.
Baseline: £11.60m
Forecast: £0.57m
Variance: -95.09%
Variance text: Forecast underspend in FY13/14 is a result of delays to approvals and change of approach which means this spend is no longer required in FY13/14.
Whole Life Cost: £748.16m
WLCost text: Costs quoted are based on the current SOBC and it is anticipated that these will change by the time the Outline Business Case is completed.
Notes1: Public Services Network for Health (PSNH)
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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