Emma K.
HI Trainee
Specialism Health Informatics

About Emma

Key Experiences

From studying Geography at Lancaster to a career in Healthcare
After completing my undergraduate degree in Geography at Lancaster Universtiy I moved into a position within the NHS. From there I knew there was no turning back!

It wasnt until I had worked in that environment of knowing that every task I completed and every conversation I had impacted on patient well being and care.

I found the NHS Graduate Scheme, which offered the perfect opporutnity to both utilise the skills I had acquired as an undergrad and continue my passion for the NHS in a fast track environment. A particular interest of mine from my first position in the NHS was the use of Informatics and how it can be use to facilitate the clinical process, enhance the patient experience and reduce clinical risk.

Current Position

A bridge between techincal and clinical
I currently work as a project manager in a large NHS shared Informatics service in the complexed health demographic of Liverpool. Liverpool has one of the highest concerntrations of specialist services and trusts in one area.

In my role I work across a variety of projects from community healthcare transformation through the city wide Neighbourhood programme, which is part of the Healthy Liverpool programme. I am IM&T lead for three of our neighbourhoods. This means I faciltate and support change from an Informatics perspective within the community predominatley for GP practices and community services. Other projects I work on involve managing sharing agreements and exhange of data between different services in the community and GP practices.

I absolutely love my job and feel passionate about improving healthcare outcomes and quality across the city through the Informatics platform.

Main Motivations

Having that impact on peoples lives
The NHS is there for people when they are at their most vulnerable. I feel to date it is one of the greatest achievements and I am so proud to work for the NHS.

The scheme is very much a journey with so many experiences and oppurtunties crammed into 2 short years. Time flies and it feels surreal that I am coming towards the end of my journey on the scheme.

My main motivation is being part of the work that the NHS does to improve peoples lives and look after them whent they need us most. It is so satisfiying to be a involved in improving clinical outcomes and creating a better experience for patients.

Top Advice

Networking is key!
Dont underestimate the value of information and getting to know and understand people both before and during the scheme.

There is a wealth of information for candidates both from a trainee, NHS, social media and governmental perspective, Twitter was my best friend before I started the scheme and a tool I use constantly to keep abreast of whats going on.

It is also important to not be afraid of opporutnity even if it is scary - the scheme is the perfect chance to map out your own journey.

Greatest Achievement

Running key projects on my own
I suppose my greater achievement to date would be getting on the scheme, that is pretty challenging and rigourous process to get through!

Thereafter it would be the ability to now run a project on my own and feel like I am making a difference

NHS

Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.

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