Capita sign 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"