The UK government have 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, properly funded and properly planned, to ensure our world-class healthcare staff have worldclass facilities to deliver cutting-edge care and meet the changing needs and rising demand the NHS is going to face in the 2020s and beyond. There are many roles within the NHS for networks & infrastucture 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.