Asckey Data Services Ltd is an authorised third party connector for NHS Net (N3) and is one of a very few organisations that have gained such approval. This means
Each NHS Site that we connect to is individually approved by NHS Connecting for Health, with its own specific addition to the routing tables within the NHS Net/N3 dedicated router at our site.
What this means for you:-
NHS Net (N3) Third Party Provisions in general
NHS Connecting for Health (previously the NHS Information Authority) recognises that there is a requirement for third parties to have full IP access to NHS Net/N3 to provide applications and remote hardware and software support.
Such third party access is tightly controlled by the Authority. This is only granted after in-depth audit of the third partys facilities, and only where approved and dedicated communications access to the NHS Net/N3 national service providers (BT or Cable and Wireless) has been installed via approved Internet interface architecture including an NHS Net/N3 dedicated communications line and router. Once granted, NHS Connecting for Health maintains a permanent review of the third partys facilities for continued compliance with the authoritys requirements.
Individual organisations such as NHS Establishments must then request permission from NHS Connecting for Health to connect to that third party supplier, and the granting of such a request is confirmation that the third party supplier remains approved by them
What you need to do
NHS Connecting for Health requires that we obtain a formal request from you which is passed to them in order to obtain their permission to include your connection in our router table
We ask you to:-
In the absence of an NHS Net (N3) connection, your level of technical support from us will revert to the lowest level, that of answering questions submitted by telephone and email only. This means that any additional support required to resolve requests including any need for direct intervention will only be done at additional cost in the absence of an established NHS Net (N3) connection between us and your site.
NHS Connecting for Health
Further information on the above may be obtained from http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/soc