Analysis & Informatics

A bit about my first placement

Posted by Ben Williams, 08 Dec 2017

So far I’ve written two blog posts without a word about what I’ve been up to on placement. I figured it probably makes sense to address that in my third post; so here we go…

My first placement is with performance and intelligence team in Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The role of the CCG (put simply) is to work with local healthcare providers (hospitals, GPs, community trusts etc.) to design services to suit the needs of the local population. The performance and intelligence team analyse and present data from all the healthcare providers in Doncaster to ensure existing services are running effectively and to steer decisions about how services should work in the future.

Some examples of work I’m currently involved in include:

  • Linking data sets from all Doncaster care providers to analyse how patients access health and social care across the town - Information Governance (the rules to protect patient confidentiality) make this much more complicated that you’d think it would be!

  • Analysing the effect a community information and support service has on patient activity following treatment for cancer

  • Working with primary care commissioners to design a new report to evaluate the use of ‘care navigation’ (where GP practices signpost patients to other, more appropriate, community services)

  • Reviewing GP practice opinions of a risk stratification tool (which approximates the risk a patient will be admitted to hospital based on their medical history) and making recommendations for future procurement before the contract for the tool expires

I’m really enjoying working in a CCG largely because the performance and intelligence team are a proper good bunch; but also because I’m getting a chance to interact with loads of different health and social care providers in Doncaster. Being able to work with so many different organisations allows me to learn about the services they offer, their perspectives on care and the challenges they face. Gaining such varied insight is really interesting in general but also extremely useful when trying to understand how the healthcare system works as a whole. I’ve no doubt that my experience in the CCG will serve me well in the future!

Ben Williams

Ben Williams

2017 intake

Before joining the health informatics graduate scheme I worked for the NHS in Medical Records, Appointment Services and IT Projects. I chose to apply for the health informatics graduate scheme because of the exciting opportunities to collect and utilize data to improve patient care across the entire NHS.

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