Context and Drivers
Two of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) came together to create one of the largest NHS healthcare organisations in Greater Manchester and the North West, in what has been described as an ‘exciting opportunity’ to serve a population of over 1 million people under a new Group arrangement of hospitals and community healthcare services.
The new Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five local hospitals, 2,000 beds, specialist and acute services, a range of community services, and over 17,000 staff.
The alliance called for the Trusts to rationalise their IT, preventing a ‘two of everything’scenario. With pressures on the healthcare system increasing, it was important to identify how the combined Trusts could benefit from economies of scale and create one shared strategy and new service model.
- The creation of ICOs and the inception of a shared service
- Joining of two Information Management & Technology organisations
- Cost saving targets
- Estates reduction
- Limited capacity
Following a procurement exercise, Shaping Cloud – a Microsoft Gold Partner – was appointed to deliver an SC:Strategy, a consultancy programme designed to kick start the Group’s journey into the public cloud.
The Northern Care Alliance’s SC: Strategy carried out a cost analysis and provided a business case for moving to cloud technologies that was in line with the organisation’s strategic aims.
Shaping Cloud’s consultation helped The Northern Care Alliance’s senior team understand the commercial and technical impact of a cloud-based model and identified a transformation strategy.
Microsoft Azure was found to provide many solutions to the Alliance’s key drivers, including:
- Removing all technology capacity barriers and ensuring no capital hardware refreshes or physical limit on storage or computer power
- Removing physical space limitations, such as rack space or floor space
- Simplifying collaboration as all services are in one place within a single trusted layer of identity
By moving to a Hybrid Operating Model from On Premise (Baseline), savings in excess of £3 million over five years were identified, with additional savings possible from:
- Rationalisation through modernisation
- A shift in the operating model, and
- Outcome based service provision.
The University of Nottingham
Head of IT
Shaping Cloud are seen as a strategic partner
Shaping Cloud are seen as a strategic partner and are working closely with the leadership team. They have been able to use their extensive experience in the Education sector and strong ties with Microsoft to add value to the University's decision making process.