NHS Informatics Merseyside

Cheshire and Merseyside

Microsoft 365 Optimisation Programme

About Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a suite of apps that help you stay connected and get things done. It provides the very latest version of familiar Office tools such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as other useful apps to help you communicate, collaborate, and work more effectively.

One of the tools available as part of Microsoft 365, which is now extensively used across the NHS to support collaboration and hybrid working, is Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams enables users to communicate effortlessly through chat-based messaging and virtual meetings, whilst also enabling information to be securely stired, shared and collaborated on using tools such as OneDrive and other useful apps such as Microsoft Forms, Power BI, Planner and To Do. There is even a digital notebook called OneNote!

Tools such as Power Automate and Power BI are also proving extremely useful by enabling users to streamline and automate daily tasks and processes, as well as improving the visual display and analysis of business intelligence from multiple data sources. 

Read more about the range of apps available as part of Microsoft 365 on the Microsoft website. 

The use of Microsoft 365 within the NHS

NHS organisations in England are in the process of upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft 365. This supports the trend towards greater mobility and also delivers a more modern, secure, and resilient infrastructure for the future.

Microsoft 365 use across health and care services in Cheshire and Merseyside

Across Cheshire and Merseyside, health and care organisations are at different stages in their use and adoption of Microsoft 365. 

As part of the Microsoft 365 Optimisation Programme, a significant piece of work has been underway to baseline the current use of Microsoft 365 within these organisations to identify best practices and learn from the experience of others. 

Read more about the vision and goals of the Microsoft 365 Optimisation Programme, what is being delivered and who is involved