Jennifer N.
NHS Graduate Management Trainee – Health Informatics
Specialism Health Informatics

About Jennifer

Key Experiences

From Waitress to NHS Graduate
My first step towards a career was choosing a university course with a placement year. The experience and skills I gained during that year helped me to achieve employment upon graduation.

One of my most important career moves was joining the NHS Graduate scheme. The career I had previously had no direction, no development and most importantly it did not challenge me. I now feel I have the opportunity to further develop and contribute my skills to help improve services for Patients.

Current Position

Business Information Analyst
I am currently involved in reviewing and updating certain sections referring to Data Quality and Data Protection for the Information Governance Toolkit.

Main Motivations

Importance of Communicating Information
My main motivation for joining the NHS is wanting to make a difference. I wanted to feel that each day my work contributes to helping people. I chose the Health Informatics specialism because I can use my current skills to participate in exciting projects, that all contribute to improving how information is used and communicated across the Trust and the NHS as a whole.

Top Advice

Communication is Key
We sometimes underestimate how important communication really is. How information is communicated across the NHS is very important as information and data are used to make and action decisions. If information is inaccurate or it is interpreted and communicated in the wrong way, the wrong decisions could be made which can have a negative impact on services and patients. For example listening to what service users want is key to improving services. It is important to clearly state what it is you are trying to do and how you are going to do it, and ensure everyone understands, that way services can be improved in the right way.

Greatest Achievement

Becoming a Runner
One of the things I am most proud of is running multiple races for Race for Life. The reason I am proud is because I have never been able to run very far, but one day I decided it was something that I really wanted to achieve and what better way to be motivated than to run for charity. I achieved my goal of firstly running a 10k race by following a training plan, and fulfilling it stage by stage. The way I approached my goal and the motivation I gave myself is something I believe can be taken forward into my professional career. The lesson I learnt was that even if you have never done something before, you can always learn and can always achieve your goals, with hard work, planning and motivation.

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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