Upon returning to the UK, I applied for a job at the local council and quickly moved into a Project Officer role within a Community Services department which I found both challenging and enjoyable. This included roles in projects in which I was required to source funding from internal and external bodies, compile business cases, compile service agreements and contracts, scope projects, liaise with community groups and organize events such as triathlons, half marathons and open days.
However as I was employed on a fixed-term contract I was then due to be out of work from March 2011. This led me to evaluate what I had enjoyed and been successful at in looking for my next challenge. In doing so I discovered the Informatics strand of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, which I applied for, got and now find myself here in my first post scheme job as a Business Change Manager. I spent time on the scheme working as a Business Analyst, Consultant and Project Manager, which led me to realise that whilst I still wanted to utilise my informatics analytical skills to understand issues, I'd prefer to be looking at all aspects of major change projects, which I now do in my role.
Whilst day to day activities can vary hugely depending upon the projects and programmes I'm working on, my role involves a considerable degree of utilising information for problem solving and resource management, my duties include locating the problem, scoping potential solutions, compiling business cases to secure funding for the solutions and most importantly working with all project stakeholders to ensure that those affected by alterations are given an input, offered appropriate training and kept informed of developments. Recently I’ve been involved in service transformation projects to streamline treatment processes within a ward environment and particularly trying to make back office systems less onerous to use, more efficient and ultimately increase time a clinician has to spend time with patients and the consequential effect that has upon patient experience.
I'm satisfied and somewhat surprised with the degree to which I've been able to transfer my skills into this role. If I'd looked at it from the outside then I may have said that it was something I wasn't equipped to do but since starting the role I've found that many of the skills I'd utilised in my previous roles were also applicable to these, particularly analytical and evaluation skills, project management, communication and experience of writing business cases.
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