The NHSmail FastTrack partnership programme offers support to organisations to work with invited Microsoft FastTrack Ready partners who will provide remote expertise on selected Microsoft products on the shared tenant. The programme is fully funded until June 2026 and will be operated on a first come first served basis.
Organisations wishing to register for this service are advised to review the guidance below before registering for this service.
2. FastTrack webinars
3. Registration and eligibility
The programme is open to all NHS organisations on the shared tenant or who utilise in scope services on the shared tenant and have at least 150 user accounts. To register for the programme, organisations must have chosen an in scope workload and have agreed a FastTrack Ready partner to work with on that chosen workload. Organisations can register for the service here.
4. FastTrack ready partners
FastTrack ready partners are trusted Microsoft partners who deliver the FastTrack benefit on behalf of Microsoft. They provide remote guidance for onboarding and service enablement of Microsoft products. They leverage and use the same content, tools and practices as Microsoft Engineers.
For a list of UK partners please visit the NHSmail FastTrack Partnership programme partner list.
Please note that all FastTrack partners can deliver all workloads and endorsements just show where a partner has gained a specialisation in a certain area.
For a full list of Microsoft’s global partners please see the Microsoft website.
5. In scope workloads
NHSmail organisations can choose up to 3 workloads from the list below. For further details on what is included for each of these workloads please visit the workload benefit descriptions page.
- Microsoft Defender for Endpoint /Microsoft Defender Antivirus
- Teams – Core
- Teams Rooms
- Teams Phone Systems
- Windows Client Deployment
- M365 Apps
Please note some workloads may require additional licensing such as Teams Phone and Teams Rooms.
If you choose Intune as a workload, please note there is an additional reporting requirement.
6. How does the Programme work?
i. NHS Organisation chooses a workload from the defined list
ii. NHS Organisation chooses a FastTrack Ready Partner (FRP)
iii. NHS Organisation and FRP partner agree scope of engagement
iv. NHS Organisation submits registration form
v. NHS England lead receives form and confirms details with the NHS organisation
vi. NHS Organisation and FRP agree on and sign Claim Registration Form (CRF)
vii. NHS Organisation submits CRF to NHS England lead at email@example.com for review and acceptance
viii. FRP submits CRF to Microsoft for review and acceptance.
ix. NHS England and Microsoft approval required for acceptance and enrolment into the programme.
x. NHS Organisation and FRP commence delivery of selected workload
xi. On completion of workload, NHS Organisation and FRP partner review and sign Proof of Engagement (POE) form
xii. NHS Organisation sends signed POE form to NHS England lead at firstname.lastname@example.org for review and acceptance
xiii. FRP submits POE to Microsoft for review and acceptance. NHS England approval required for acceptance
xiv. NHS England leads notifies Microsoft of POE approval
xv. FRP is paid by Microsoft.
7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes this is for shared tenant only, where organisations have a hybrid setup, only those services which are on the workload list and are on the shared tenant will be eligible. If you are not using the shared tenant but have signed the Participation Agreement and have at least 150 users, you can still utilise the standard Microsoft FastTrack offering, please speak with your FastTrack architect or visit the Microsoft FastTrack page.
Organisations can choose any up to (or less than) 3 workloads
Organisations can choose to deploy one workload, then choose to start their second or third workloads later.
Organisations can use different partners for different workloads, this allows organisations to fully utilise partners based on experience.
Due to the custom nature of the shared tenant, not all standard Microsoft FastTrack workloads are in scope and what is included within each workload will differ to the standard Microsoft offering.
Organisations will define their own custom scopes of work with their chosen partner. If they choose for additional work that is out of scope of the programme, that additional work would be at the organisation’s expense with only the in scope work being funded.
OneDrive and SharePoint migrations are out of scope for the FastTrack Partnership Programme. There is however a different programme NHSmail FastTrack File share migration programme that supports this.
If you are an organisation for example an Integrated Care Board (ICB) or Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) that provides technical services for other organisations you can access the programme, but you will be treated as a single entity with a single point of contact and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for sign off.
For further information or support, please contact email@example.com.
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