My first experience of working within in the NHS came after this, where I was employed as an admin assistant for an adult mental health team in Liverpool. I still believe that this role was essential in my understanding of the NHS as a customer-facing service - I interacted with clients (not patients) on a daily basis and could see the effect that good communication from all areas of the NHS, not just clinicians, can have on promoting positive outcomes.
I broke from the NHS for three years, to train as an English teacher. Whilst I loved the day-to-day interaction with students, and the feeling of accomplishment when a child improves their understanding or grasps a difficult concept, I became increasingly frustrated with the barriers that many children face when it comes to learning. I eventually came to see those barriers as being public health and social care issues, and it is for that reason that I decided to take my skills and move back into working for the NHS.
As many of my interests are around the utilisation of new technologies, I applied for the Health Informatics scheme. Being a teacher meant that I was very familiar with collecting and analysing data, and I have relied heavily upon those skills in my new position!
As an information analyst, it is my role to examine the clinical data that is produced at the hospital to ensure that our services are operating efficiently, to provide decision support for clinical managers and to report our hospital statistics to central NHS bodies. I also produce information for many ad hoc tasks - Freedom of Information requests being one example.
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