Stephen Dobson, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Interim Chief Digital Officer

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership tasks Shaping Cloud with IT Infrastructure review

After securing £1.4m in funding, Shaping Cloud is taking on a new project with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.


[Manchester, UK] Manchester-based digital services firm Shaping Cloud is carrying out an ‘asset review’ of the IT infrastructure of 20 NHS and local government organisations involved in the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GMHSC) Partnership.

The review will see the company identify software applications in use across the area to outline opportunities that could lead to more cost-effective procurement practices, according to Stephen Dobson, GMHSC Partnership Interim Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

Shaping Cloud, which recently secured £1.4m in funding, will carry out an enterprise architecture mapping exercise and then set out a costed plan identifying which applications and storage can move to the cloud.

“What I want to do is to accelerate the move to the cloud across Greater Manchester,” the CDO explained.

The review is set to address workforce training and development requirements associated with the wider use of cloud once the review is completed in the spring of 2019.

“The cloud will improve our ability to access what we need from wherever we are.

“For example, if an NHS consultant is required in a different hospital, he or she can access the information and applications they require without the need for getting a new piece of kit, or another laptop belonging to that trust. That’s a huge benefit both for staff and for the patient,” Dobson added.

The GMHSC Partnership has been in charge of a £6bn health and social care budget since signing a devolution deal in 2015, and a transformation fund worth nearly half a billion pounds.

Commenting on the new project, Carlos Oliveira, CEO and Founder of Shaping Cloud, said:

“Our work with the partnership will create a blueprint for a modern IT infrastructure at an organisational, local and regional level. Leveraging the latest technologies, it will allow organisations to collaborate more effectively and be an enabler for the delivery of better services to the people of Greater Manchester.”

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