NHS England has recently celebrated the success of its Data and Analytics Apprenticeship Pilot - launched in partnership with Multiverse.
The new programme, which was launched as part of the Data Saves Lives strategy, has been praised by Ming Tang, Chief Data & Analytics Officer who expressed how “pivotal” it is for the Data and Analytics community.
31 NHS England employees enrolled on the 15-month apprenticeship programme to enhance their careers and capabilities through learning analytical and data science skills which can then be applied directly into their specific role with support from an expert coach.
NHS England also hired 8 new entry-level apprentices who are also undertaking the same course. The programme exists to create new routes into Data Analytics and Data Science roles within the NHS - widening participation and ensuring a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities the NHS serves.
Chief Data and Analytics Officer at NHS England, Ming Tang, said: “We’ve been on a huge journey during COVID, really demonstrating how data can save lives by using data more effectively to support decision making across the NHS.”
“The pilot objective of making sure our staff have the right skills has been achieved, with 100% of participants reporting that they now have the skills needed to excel in their role and are confident in sharing these learnings with colleagues.
“These skill sets go a long way in providing efficiencies to the NHS, with apprentices reporting a 24% efficiency increase when working with data after completing the programme. It has also enabled us to invest in our employees and their futures and is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to hone their data skills or reskill into a data role, as well as those at the very start of their career.”
Diversity is at the core of the programmes. 38% of apprentices are from an Asian background, while 50% have one or more ‘contextual flags’, indicating they may be a young carer, care leaver, a refugee, or meet an indicator of socioeconomic disadvantage.
Multiverse CEO Euan Blair added: “Our mission is to create a diverse group of future leaders. I could not be more proud of the fact that we’re working with the NHS to accomplish that - there is no group of people in the country that have shown more diligence, more care, and more resilience during what have been the hardest two years of many people’s lives.
“We design these programmes to be challenging and highly technical, so completing them successfully is clear evidence of excellence. I want to recognise the achievements of everyone who has been part of the pilot programme.”
How Christine used new skills predicted staff absences during COVID-19
Christine said: “Before joining the programme, I had no prior knowledge of Python but before long, I was able to develop and enhance my Python skills whilst also applying the content taught on the programme directly back into my role addressing business critical needs.”