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Anoop Odedra
April 25, 2019

How does the NHS Data Academy work?

In the previous post in this series we introduced you to the NHS Data Academy and how we find people to have Maths, Computers and Software, Data Communication and Passion to become great NHS Data Analysts. If you want to read more about it, you can here.


Lets talk a bit about the missing parts of the puzzle, experience and soft skills, and how NHS organisations can become part of this process to improve and grow their Health Informatics teams with quality analysts.


Soft skills are hard to define, let alone come by. But there are some key things that we would look for in an analyst.


  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Writing
  • Presenting & Public Speaking
  • Ability to learn from constructive criticism

Communication probably comes top of that list, both active listening and being able to actively and efficiently communicate outwards, but all of the skills above are really hard to teach someone. So we at Promatix make it a pre-requisite to find people who have as many of these skills as possible so that we can hone and refine them to help make well rounded professionals. We have years of experience in creating and nurturing successful teams to work together, so we feel that we can get the best out of the people we hire.


So the last thing needed is experience, and for NHS data analysts that experience must be relevant, So how can people who are essentially graduates with little or no experience gain the experience in NHS organisations to become great NHS analysts? By becoming a part of the NHS Data Academy. 


We are inviting all NHS organisation to form a partnership with us at Promatix. By becoming part of the NHS Data Academy, we will place the trained analysts in 3-month rotation placements at the organisations giving each analyst a varied but very relevant 9 months of experience. We are looking for Acute, Mental Health, Community, & Commissioning NHS organisations, the more varied and the more organisations we partner with, the better quality of analyst and the better experience the analysts receive. Upon completing their 3 months training and 3x 3 month placements we will work with those organisations we have partnered with to place the trained analysts in permanent Band 6 Analyst roles. 


Organisations involved in the partnership program benefit from:

  • Gaining access to low cost and technically skilled analysts with a strong support network
  • Have first option on offering employment to the graduates at the end of their training year
  • Have no introductory fee to pay should they employ one of the trainees (non-partner NHS organisations would need to pay 20% of the trainee's initial salary)

Our commitment to this program includes:

  • Covering all training courses, mentoring sessions and the cost of any exams and qualifications
  • Cover any leave/travel/accommodation while on placement

and we expect our partners to commit to the placements to be at least band 5/6 level, giving exposure to the types of experiences a band 5/6 analyst will normally experience. The cost of these placements would be £150 per day (ex VAT) - at most £9,000 per 3 month placement, a relatively low investment to get access to a great resource and some great talent for hiring.

 Data Academy

If you work at an NHS organisation and are interested in getting involved, contact us to see how we can get the process started.


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You can read the first post in the series here and the second post in the series here.

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