MLL is delighted to have played a pivotal role in the delivery of NHS Digital’s new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) which was successfully completed earlier this month – ahead of schedule and on budget.
According to NHS Digital approximately 12,000 sites belonging to 950 NHS, social care, private sector and local authority organisations have moved from the legacy N3 network to the new HSCN, giving them great value, highly reliable connectivity with improved security capabilities. NHS Digital also says this is the largest known public sector data network transition programme, saving the NHS an estimated £75m a year and providing organisations with faster connectivity at reduced cost.
As a part of this major project MLL successfully migrated numerous sites to Full Fibre to enable high-speed internet and cloud connectivity, access to future digital services, and enhanced firewall security.
Furthermore, in achieving HSCN compliance back in 2017, MLL is today one of only 21 accredited NHS Digital suppliers authorised to offer HSCN users public internet and private network connectivity services. As an SME competing against major established suppliers this achievement is even more remarkable.
MLL’s HSCN supplier success by numbers:
- Connected 891 sites using 1744 circuits between January 2018 and August 2020
- Completed approx. 10% of the total number of HSCN site connections
- No 1. by far when comparing the ratio of circuits deployed to accredited supplier financial turnover
- Partnered with over 150 SME Channel firms
Ian Wilcox, MLL Telecom’s Public Sector Strategist, was instrumental in ensuring MLL was in pole position from the very start of the MLL / HSCN journey which goes back to early 2016: “From the outset we made sure MLL was seen, heard and understood when it came to the initial engagement between industry and NHS Digital. We made significant input on areas such as compliance requirements and the commercial terms which all helped level the playing field for us and the other SMEs tendering for business alongside the major players. We have broken the glass ceiling that has previously existed in major NHS tenders which is good news for MLL as well as other SMEs in the future.”
Added Shaun Ledgerwood, CEO, MLL Telecom: “A huge congratulations to everyone concerned on this milestone project. While HSCN is key to the ongoing digital transformation of many NHS and related organisations it has also transformed MLL’s own business – not only in financial terms but by putting the MLL brand in front of numerous public sector organisations the length and breadth of the UK. We are recognized as a trusted network services supplier.”