Quicksilva Limited

Quicksilva conneQt® Managed Service

conneQt® is a NHS Digital CAP assured innovative service enables the exchange of clinical patient data on demand across health and social care. From Care Plans, Discharge Notices, Support Plans to Assessment Outcomes, conneQt® enables information to be securely exchanged via an Interoperability Tool Kit webservice or secure email service.


  • Cost Effective-transaction charging model offers flexibility and scalability
  • Simple Access-via secure connection to the HSCN network
  • Safe and Secure-Information Security ISO27001 accredited Datacentre
  • Rapid Onboarding-up and running in a matter of weeks
  • No Infrastructure Investment-hosted, monitored and supported by Quicksilva
  • No Compliance Burden-NHSD CAP accredited, avoiding compliance headaches
  • Availability Service Levels-various, from 95.5% upwards
  • Telephone Helpdesk support service available
  • 24x7 Monitoring Service-available as standard
  • Help Available-self-service web portal 24x7 as standard


  • Receipt notices and built-in validation-nothing slips through the net;
  • Driving-up Accountability-full audit trail takes the headache out of IG
  • Information Security-hosted from our ISO27001 datacentre for peace of mind
  • Standards Based-compliant with ITKv2, CDA and accredited by NHS Digital
  • Hassle-Free Implementation-only a self-assessment Target Operating Model for rapid deployments
  • NHS Number Verification-in-flight check drives up data quality
  • Freedom of Choice-keep existing systems, no replacement spend


£0.0005 per transaction

Service documents

G-Cloud 10


Quicksilva Limited

Gary McKenzie

01249 751000


Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Private cloud
Service constraints The customer will establish a secure outbound connection from their Enterprise Service Bus over the HSCN network via a client server authenticated connection and/or a site-to-site VPN. Daily planned maintenance is carried out Tuesday to Sunday inclusive between 03:00 to 05:00 and weekly on Sundays 18:00-08:00 (14 hours).
System requirements ConneQt® Supports Windows Server 2012 r2 or above

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Response times vary from 15 minutes to 8 hours in accordance with the severity of the issue. Please refer to the Service Definition for more information.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support No
Onsite support No
Support levels The conneQt® Managed Service is provided to guaranteed Availability Service Levels to 95.5% as standard. Enhanced availability up to 99.9% is available by arrangement for business critical services. Quicksilva's Services Manager is always available as a point of contact and all customers benefit from our ISO9001:2015 assured Account Management Procedure with the benefit of 24/7 escalation to named contacts.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Quicksilva offers a full On-Boarding service as part of its Lot 3 Cloud Support offering. Our project managers will expertly manage all aspects of your service set-up, including: NHS Spine End Point registration; HSCN access; guidance through the NHS Digital assurance process and service commissioning. New users receive a comprehensive Welcome Pack and access to our 'Spine-in-a-Box®' internet facing test environment to speed development and training. Where required, training workshops or 'train the trainer' programmes are available either on-site or at our convenient M4 Operations Centre.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats PDF
End-of-contract data extraction Where required Quicksilva offers a full Off-Boarding service as part of its Lot 3 Cloud Support Offering to extract and return any audit data our customers require.
End-of-contract process Quicksilva offers a full Off-Boarding service as part of its Lot 3 Cloud Support Offering at extra charge, which includes the option to extract and return any audit data our customers require.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
Application to install No
Designed for use on mobile devices No
Accessibility standards WCAG 2.0 A
Accessibility testing None.
What users can and can't do using the API ITK conformant HSCI messaging API that allows users to send clinical referral documents to a third party healthcare provider via conneQt®. The API does not support user changes.
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats HTML
API sandbox or test environment Yes
Customisation available No


Independence of resources Flexible and rapidly scalable hosting infrastructure and per-customer message queueing ensures that Availability is never affected by the demands of other users.


Service usage metrics No


Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Other security clearance
Government security clearance Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations No
Datacentre security standards Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency At least once a year
Penetration testing approach ‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest Physical access control, complying with another standard
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach A request for the export of audit data can be made via our Services Team using the Qure® customer web-service portal.
Data export formats CSV
Data import formats CSV

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability The conneQt® Managed Service is provided to guaranteed Availability Service Levels to 95.5% as standard. Enhanced availability up to 99.9% is available by arrangement for business critical services. A service credit regime underpins all Service Levels - please refer to the accompanying Service Definition document for full details.
Approach to resilience This information is available on request.
Outage reporting The conneQt® Managed Service is monitored 24x7 by our Services Team using our bespoke monitoring system. This means we have often resolved an issue long before our customers are even aware of a problem. All service reporting is carried out through our service web-portal, the Qure®, where customers can log on and raise or view live issues and set alerting preferences 24x7.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication Limited access network (for example PSN)
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Access is restricted by ascribing role-based access to each user's security certificate.
Access restriction testing frequency At least once a year
Management access authentication Other

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 SOCOTEC
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 02/01/2018
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Our current registration includes Business and IT Consultancy; Software Design, development, provision, maintenance and support. All other aspects of our provision are not covered.
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications No

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes Quicksilva's business practice is underpinned by a suite of processes which form our ISO27001:2013 Information Security Management System. These are subject to regular internal audit by our full-time Corporate Assurance Manager and are overseen by our Technical Services Director. In addition all audits are subject to rigerous twice-annual external review by a third party Auditor in the course of maintaining our ISO27001 standard.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach Quicksilva's ISO9001:2015 accredited Quality Management System contains a set of processes which underpin our business practice, including our Release Management Procedure and Configuration Management Procedure. These processes are regularly audited to ensure compliance by our Corporate Assurance Manager.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach Regular Penetration Testing by a certified third party forms the foundation of our vulnerability management approach. In addition we regularly apply software vendor issued security patches to a quarterly schedule for routine security maintenance and immediately in the case of emergency patches. Quicksilva are members of the NHS Digital Care CERT scheme and receive and review weekly cyber security reports regarding current threats. In addition Quicksilva review the National Cyber Security Centre Threat and Vulnerability Reports on a weekly basis.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach Quicksilva maintain a suite of best-of-breed anti-malware software in order to detect potential compromises. The capability to review access control logs ensures a full audit trail is maintained for all staff interactions with internal and external systems. Security Incidents are managed in accordance with Quicksilva's Security Incident Management Procedure which forms a part of our ISO 27001 and ISO9001 accredited Quality Management System. According to this process our dedicated IT Services Team (supported by certified Information Security professionals) respond immediately to any security incident.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach Incidents are handled in accordance with Quicksilva's Incident Management Process, which forms a part of our ISO27001 and ISO9001 accredited Quality Management System. According to this process, incidents are reported to a nominated individual who investigates the issue and produces a full report to the board of directors within prescribed timescales. The incident is tracked and managed to resolution using the Qure®, our internal service management tool, which ensures a thorough audit trail is maintained throughout the process. This information is then used to capture any continuous improvement opportunity.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks Yes
Connected networks New NHS Network (N3)


Price £0.0005 per transaction
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No


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