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KCOM playing its part in helping the NHS through the pandemic

KCOM has and is making a difference to people’s lives through this delivery by supporting a critical component of our nation’s response to the pandemic.

The formal programme closure meeting between KCOM and senior representatives at NHS Digital took place earlier this month on the HCSN service roll out. Positive feedback showed how KCOM has and is making a difference to people’s lives through this delivery by supporting a critical component of our nation’s response to the pandemic.

KCOM was one of the key providers to this programme – we have delivered well over a thousand circuits and connected over 700 sites for NHS entities as part of it. The connectivity KCOM is providing is the foundation for further digital transformation of our National Health Service. NHS Digital was able to close the N3 transition network at the start of November, five months ahead of plan. The overall programme will save the NHS around £75m per year. The programme has connected 12,172 sites overall across 949 organisations.

Patrick Clark, Director of infrastructure at NHS Digital, said the following in a letter received by Iain Shearman, Manging Director of KCOM Business: “ On behalf of NHS Digital, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you and your colleagues at KCOM for your co-operation in driving HSCN migration activity.  I have no doubt that without your organisation’s hard work and commitment we would not have arrived at this point so soon.

“Considering the complex nature of the health and care system and the additional challenges posed by COVID-19, completing the transition to HSCN this year is an extraordinary achievement, made possible by our organisations and others working together co-operatively.  Together we have helped provide health and social care organisations with the critical underlying connectivity needed to realise their digital ambitions and deliver digital services that will be of huge benefit to clinicians and the public at large.”