Secure email standard
DCB1596, formerly known as SCCI1596, requires publicly funded organisations to only use accredited email services. This means organisations must either join NHSmail or ensure their in-house email solutions are securely accredited.
To comply with this standard, South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW CSU) initiated a project to migrate 600 staff email accounts from their local email exchange service to NHSmail.
SCW CSU chose NHSmail in order to benefit from using a consistent communication tool both internally and externally, improving links with other health and social care NHSmail users.
Rather than pay for a managed or supported migration, SCW CSU opted to self-migrate their users. This is free for organisations to carry out as NHSmail is a centrally-funded service. The only cost implication for SCW CSU was internal resource.
This suited their complex organisational structure, which included disparate systems at different stages of maturity.
A carefully planned migration approach, that enabled control and flexibility, was therefore needed.
You can find out more about how SCW CSU self-migrated across to NHSmail in their detailed case study which includes:
- benefits of self-migration
- approach to self-migration
- lessons learnt
- key stakeholders
- resources used to support the migration
- feedback from users migrated to NHSmail