17 February 2014
Capita signs framework contract for Scottish Wide Area Network
Capita plc has signed a framework contract to deliver the Scottish Wide Area
Network (SWAN), a single public services network for the use of all public
service organisations within Scotland. The contract value for SWAN is up to
£325m over 9 years.
More than 4,600 sites will be connected to the initial network including
schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacists and local council offices. Key
benefits include reduced costs, improved service and the ability to share data
across organisations, fostering co-operative working.
With a key focus on supporting the recommendations of both the Scottish
Government's McClelland Report and Scotland's national digital public services
strategy Scotland's Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services, SWAN is one of
the most significant single public sector ICT initiatives ever undertaken in
Scotland. The programme aims to establish a single shared network and common
ICT infrastructure across Scotland's entire public sector.
As part of this, Capita will deliver a platform designed to support the ever
increasing need for data sharing and tighter interworking requirements across
the wider Scottish public sector.
4 `vanguard' organisations, representing 30 public service organisations in
Scotland - NHS Scotland, Education Scotland, Pathfinder North (5 local
authorities) and Pathfinder South (2 local authorities) - are the first to
commit to the network. These early adopters are planned to generate revenues to
Capita of c£110m over the first 7 years. A further 11 organisations are
planning to join in 2014, following final discussions.
NHS National Services Scotland Chief Executive Ian Crichton said: "Following
extensive dialogue over the last year, I am pleased to announce the award of
the SWAN Contract to Capita plc. This was the strongest bid and offers
excellent value for money for the public purse. The Scottish Wide Area Network
is a major step forward in Scottish public sector infrastructure which will
create major savings and deliver an excellent service. SWAN is a good deal for
the Scottish taxpayer and anyone who uses public services, whether in schools,
councils, hospitals or elsewhere."
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive Officer, Capita plc said: "SWAN is one of the
first major actions launched by Scottish Ministers to achieve the goals set out
in Scotland's Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services and it will put
Scotland at the cutting edge of public sector connectivity. The SWAN initiative
will enable infrastructure and service sharing, with aggregated demand
delivering both cost and performance advantages. It is designed to help
facilitate the creation of public services that are high quality, continually
improving, efficient and responsive to local needs.
"This is an important contract win for Capita, placing us at the heart of
public service delivery in Scotland and providing us with a platform to offer
additional services and build our business here. We would like to thank the
hard work and professionalism of the public sector team and its advisers
leading the SWAN procurement which has been complex and challenging at times
because of its ground-breaking nature"
For further information:
Tel: 020 7799 1525
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive Officer
Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director
Media enquiries only:
Capita press office
Tel: 020 7654 2192 or 020 7654 2399 (out of hours)
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