A third cohort of Arden & GEM Business Intelligence team members has successfully completed the Analytics Capability Development Programme.
The six month programme, now in its third year, is designed to help participants improve their analytical knowledge and expertise. By combining training sessions on technical skills such as Tableau, SQL and Python with core modules covering professional skills such as problem solving, team management and active listening, the programme equips participants to support healthcare systems in meeting their current and future challenges.
In addition to recognising the need for modern analysts to have the right technical, personal and team skills, the programme is also focused on the importance of being able to apply those skills to real world problems. A key element of the programme is working in teams to develop a proof of concept solution to present at a hackathon judging event.
A judging panel comprising senior leaders reviewed and appraised the proof of concept solutions with the winning project proposing a dashboard to support the management of patients living with asthma by providing insight on risk factors, medication reliance and care access, along with a case finding tool for primary care and community clinical teams.
The runner up focused on providing commissioners with a better understanding of health inequalities for rural populations by investigating unwarranted (or incidental) variation in patient outcomes for people living a long distance from a hospital.
“I've been privileged to be able to judge every one of these events since we started the programme. It is one of the highlights of my year, being able to come along and watch and learn everything that the participants have to show us. It's a real fantastic opportunity for teams to work across service lines, working with data that they haven't worked with before. And I want to say a huge thank you to the people that completed the course, the mentors, the trainers and everyone working behind the scenes."
Laura Hughes, Associate Director of Business Intelligence
As well as upskilling individuals, the programme has also increased collaborative working and knowledge sharing within the wider department.
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