Lisa C.
NHS Graduate Management Trainee - Health Informatics
Specialism Health Informatics

About Lisa

Key Experiences

Economics & Management to Informatics graduate - expect the unexpected
I studied Economics and Management at Aberdeen University. I absolutely loved my course and so I knew I wanted to work in a role where I got to put these skills to use. I also knew that the thought of working hard to line the pocket of some rich CEO somewhere was not on my agenda making public services the obvious choice! I started doing some research into various graduate schemes and stumbled upon the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. A bit more research into this told me that the values of the NHS were very much in line with my own and so soon after I sent my application in. Like the 16000 other applicants, I didn't think I had much chance, but you've got to try - and well, here we are. My top piece of advice is just - GO FOR IT. If you don't apply you'll definitely never get it.

Current Position

I develop and analyse information to help deliver better patient care!
I work within the Informatics department alongside various others. We have information analysts, information development, information governance - you name it we've got it in some form or another. My role encapsulates all of these areas. Being on the graduate scheme with the NHS gives you so many opportunities to work with different 'hats' on. I'm currently doing a project which requires work with information development and information governance but also with multiple others out with my office - from clinicians to service management to external organisations like GP practices. Another piece of work I am currently doing surrounds information analysis and thus I’ve got a foot in every camp!
Being on the NHS grad scheme my role also involves doing a post graduate diploma from UCL in health informatics and a post graduate certificate in health care leadership. It’s tough but it’s worth it and you get all the support you need!

Main Motivations

Working in a role where I actually make a difference - its rewarding!
Although I have very little contact with patients, I contribute a lot to improving patient care. My projects are very varied and thus help make patient care better through a variety of methods. Making clinicians able to use their time more effectively, making processes for appointments more simple for patients and supporting top level management make decisions are all part of a day’s work!

Top Advice

Give it a go, remember your values, be yourself and have fun!
When you are applying to graduate schemes and jobs, it seems like a never ending task - I get that - but trust me, it’s worth it! Make sure you do your research into which ones you want to apply for and why - what is it about that organisation that aligns with the way you think and the contribution you want to make? And then keep this in mid whilst you are going through the application process. It’s important to work for an organisation where you can really get on board with what they are trying to achieve - be that improve patient care, make more sales - whatever it is just make sure it works for you! But most importantly, be yourself. Remaining who you are through the application process is the best way - we want people who are who they say they are and act how they will in real life! Good luck with your application journey. There are plenty of resources out there to help with your application - Twitter is an excellent place to start!

Greatest Achievement

Changing minds and making services see the benefits of my project!
When one of the projects I am working on was initially launched, there was a huge amount of resistance and unwillingness - primarily because people didn't see the benefit! With numerous meetings and uncountable emails, I’ve now got a waiting list of services who want to be next on the roll out list!

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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