National Office 365 roll out

nsslogoNHS National Services Scotland Digital and Security (DaS) is currently working alongside local health board teams to prepare for the rollout of Microsoft Office 365 across NHSScotland.

By the end of 2020, the entire NHS workforce will be upgraded to Windows 10 along with the Office 365 suite of products and cloud services. The rollout will be on a board by board basis.

This upgrade means that colleagues will have access to the latest online Office tools allowing everyone to work together more effectively and securely wherever they happen to be and via any authorised device. This includes access to a single email system, shared calendars, video meetings, instant messaging and centralised access to documents.

The suite of Office 365 tools support new and more secure ways of working, but ultimately, these improvements to our digital workplace – a key commitment set out in the Digital Health and Care Strategy – will help us to:

  • carry out day-to-day tasks more efficiently
  • collaborate more easily with colleagues across organisational boundaries

This enables us to be more productive, collaborative and mobile as we work to support Scotland’s health.

Heading up the Office 365 Cloud and Computing Programme Board and overseeing the national rollout is Chief Executive for NHS Tayside, Grant Archibald. Grant told us, “This programme is key to enabling NHSScotland’s digital workplace and delivering new ways of working.

“What we are putting in place now will impact our service for decades to come. Office 365 will undoubtedly enable us to benefit from more streamlined and collaborative ways of working and we are creating an environment that enables new ways of working that can lead to longer term innovations.”

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has already rolled out this technology within their Board and are reaping the benefits.

New to NHSScotland is software called Microsoft Teams. This is a collaboration tool that allows colleagues to upload, share and work on the same online files at the same time. Used as a communication tool, colleagues can chat one-to-one or to a number of colleagues online, by text, audio and video. A huge benefit to all of this functionality is that it can be carried out on the go and across devices – PC, Mac, Android, laptop, tablet and mobile phone, so staff no longer need to be so desk based.

Tom Power, Head of Service for Organisational and Leadership Development within NES, said, “Colleagues have found it extremely easy and intuitive to use and have embraced the new ways of working.”

What’s happening now?

A national programme team in NSS Digital and Security (DaS) is partnering with colleagues from across the national and territorial health boards to ensure a consistent approach is taken throughout planning to implementation.

With joint preparatory work underway to make the IT infrastructure ready for a seamless switch over to Office 365, on-going engagement with users is capturing how colleagues currently use Office applications to carry out their job.

These insights are informing implementation plans and shaping the business change approach to ensure the successful transition to Office 365. They are also aiding formation of the longer-term user support model to maintain the new environment and ensure that users get the most out of the new digital office.

Engagement

Currently, the programme team is conducting board engagement sessions with national and territorial project teams to build the collaborative working relationships that will enable us to collectively deliver the Office 365 programme.

More information will be shared with colleagues ahead of the rollout in each board, but in the meantime, you can contact the Cloud & Computing Programme team by emailing: NSS.O365@nhs.net

What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.

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NHS Tayside takes part in Perth Pride

NHS Tayside is delighted to be supporting the first ever Perthshire Pride Parade, which takes place on Saturday, 10 August.

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The NHS Tayside team at Pride Dundee last year.

As the first Pride event in Perth kicks off, NHS Tayside invites the public to come along and march under their banner in celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community in Tayside.

The parade will start at noon from South Inch Car Park, continue down Tay Street and end at the Pride Village on Mill Street. The parade is expecting to finish no later than 1pm. There will be lots of information stalls, fun acts and entertainment at the Pride Village and an after party on the bank from 8pm.

Dr Sarah Allstaff, NHS Tayside consultant in sexual health, said, “NHS Tayside is committed to delivering quality, person-centred, safe and effective services to all our patients. We are also equally committed to being an inclusive and fair workplace for all of our staff. Please join us as allies, friends and family as we march in solidarity and stand shoulder to shoulder with the wider LGBTQ+ community in Tayside.

“You don’t have to be LGBTQ to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. Allies are an important part of the community and we want to welcome everyone who believes in equal rights for all to join us as allies at Pride.”

NHS Tayside Head of Corporate Equalities Santosh Chima said, “NHS Tayside is committed to supporting the rights of all staff and patients and to help celebrate LGBTQ+ achievements, legal rights, social and self acceptance and pride.

“NHS Scotland works with Stonewall to increase our awareness and support to improve the treatment of LGBTQ+ staff and patients. NHS staff are encouraged and have opportunities to contribute both personally and professionally to LGBTQ+ inclusion within the workplace.”

Staff from across NHS Tayside are teaming up to take part in the parade and will be meeting at the South Inch Car Park at 11.30am with the NHS Tayside rainbow flag and banner. Everyone is welcome to join the NHS Tayside team.

If you are keen to be part of NHS Tayside’s team at Perthshire Pride please contact:   laurashepherd@nhs.net for further details.

#ally, #nhst@pride

Shaping Orthopaedic Services Staff Drop-In Event at Ninewells

Staff are being invited to attend a drop-in event between 2.30 – 4.30pm as part of the Shaping Orthopaedic Services consultation at Ninewells tomorrow (Thursday, 8 August).

Staff can attend anytime throughout the two hour drop-in session to ask questions or find out more. Short 10 minute presentations about Shaping Orthopaedic Services will also take place at 2.30pm and again at 3.30pm to give an overview of the redesign proposal.

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British Institute of Radiology Events

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The British Institute of Radiology is holding a two events in London.

The BIR/DMC Radiology Reporting “Hands-On” training series: HRCT in diffuse lung diseases

25 September 2019
TBC venues Marble Arch, London
View full event programme
Only a handful of spaces remaining – book now to secure your place!

BIR Annual Congress

7-8 November 2019
TBC venues County Hall, London
View full event programme
Book by 31 August to take advantage of early bird rate (15% discount)

What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.

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Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) – August 2019 SICP of the Month

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The Infection Prevention and Control Team are pro-actively highlighting SICPs by promoting a ‘SICP of the Month’ each month.

Members of the team will visit various clinical areas to promote August’s SICP of the month, which is – Safe Management of Care Equipment.

There will be an information stand inside the canteen on level 5, Ninewells Hospital on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 between 10am and 2pm.

Another information stand will be on the main concourse on level 7, Ninewells Hospital on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 between 10am and 2pm.

This month’s SICP links in with the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) module, NES: Safe Management of Care Equipment. Staff can access the modules through LearnPro.

For more information about Safe Management of Care Equipment please visit www.sicps.scot.nhs.uk/