2016 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: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is the programme set up to deliver services to succeed the current Health Network provided through the N3 service contract which expires in March 2017.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: Since the 2014/2015 report, the Health and Social Care Network programme has undergone a Major Projects Authority Programme Assurance Review at the request of the Senior Responsible Officer in January 2015 and a subsequent Major Projects Authority Gate 2 review in September 2015. The Programme was assessed as a Red delivery confidence status during the Programme Assurance Review and subsequently improved to an Amber/Red status at the Gate 2. Following each review the Programme has addressed the recommendations provided via action plans with regular reviews by the Programme Board, which incorporates permanent Major Projects Authority membership. Both reviews noted the considerable progress that had been made by the Programme but also noted further work that was required to increase the delivery confidence of the Programme. The reviews also noted the resource pressures that the Programme had operated under and that the short timeline available for delivery represented a severe challenge. Several recurring themes of review recommendations have been identified and these have provided a particular focus for the Programme Team. They include Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Governance and Programme Controls, Procurement Strategy and Solution Design works. All have since received comprehensive review and assurance to ensure that they are fit for purpose. Following quarter two 2015/16 and the Gate 2b review the Programme has made considerable progress to address the recommendations whilst continuing its progress towards delivery of the Health and Social Care Network. The Programme successfully navigated a tightly planned assurance and approval cycle for the Outline Business Case which resulted in its formal approval in December 2015. Following this the Programme continued to develop its plans and designs in order to deliver a successful, safe procurement phase in 2016 that will enable the transition from N3 to a stable future state that meets the needs of users and stakeholders.
Start date: 2012-03-29
End date: 2020-04-01
Schedule text: Following the reset of the Programme in 2014 the programme devoted considerable resources to planning the transition and transformation activities necessary to deliver on the Programmes goals and objectives. The outcomes from this work have been incorporated in the Health and Social Care Network Programme Business Case and Outline Business Case that have been approved by the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and HMT. This has resulted in a comprehensive view on the activities and associated timelines necessary to transition from the current N3 contract and to subsequently transform the services to a future internet enabled state by 01/04/2020.
Baseline: £166.95m
Forecast: £87.38m
Variance: -47.66%
Variance text: The budget was allocated according to the original plan which expected exit and transition to be taking place throughout 2015/ 2016. The programme has been considerably delayed while it's strategic direction was reviewed and reset. As a result this budget allocation is no longer relevant. The budget figure is as per the Strategic Outline Case and envisaged a completed transition to the Public Service Network for Health (as was) and does not include any N3 spend. The recently approved Health & Social Care Network Outline Business Case provides an up to date view on the programme financials.
Whole Life Cost: £748.20m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life costs are based on the N4/Public Service Network for Health Strategic Outline Business Case and have now been superseded. Whilst reported as the baseline the actual/forecast position on costs is substantially lower and is reflected in later reporting.
Notes1: Health & Social Care Network
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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