The UK government has introduced a Health Infrastructure Plan - a new, strategic approach to improving our hospitals and health infrastructure. This plan is the biggest, boldest, hospital building programme in a generation. The UK government is giving the green light to more than 40 new hospital projects across the country, six getting the go-ahead immediately, and over 30 that could be built over the next decade. This is a long-term, strategic investment in the future of the NHS. It is properly funded and properly planned to ensure our world-class healthcare staff have world-class facilities and can deliver cutting-edge care to meet rising demand. There are many roles within the NHS for networks & infrastructure skills and specialists. Listed below are some of the most important:
- Management of the existing network and supporting documentation (network diagramming, communication flows).
- Network architecture consultancy e.g. consulting on various infrastructure related projects, driving deployment of new LAN/WAN solutions.
- Evaluation and analysis of existing network environment against standard architectures and best practices to uncover opportunities for improved stability, reliability and performance.
- Production of supporting documentation outlining network design features, implementation plans and a roadmap for future network expansion.
- Secure connectivity to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).
- Wide Area Networks (WAN)/ Community of Interest Network (CoIN) connectivity to enable secure information sharing between local care providers.
- Local Area Network (LAN) management for on-site connectivity.
- Safe Internet access via NHS secure boundary service using next generation firewall (NGFW) and web application firewall (WAF) protection to protect internet traffic from digital and cloud-based threats.
- Govroam, corporate and public Wi-Fi connectivity.