Hello, I’m Hannah and l joined Channel 3 this month as part of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS). The scheme is a two-year programme which aims to nurture future healthcare leaders. This includes throwing us straight into the deep end of a demanding NHS environment and supporting us to work with others to improve care.
As I am part of the informatics specialism, my role and training are centred around transformation using digital and data. I have spent the past year working as a strategic analyst at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, using data to produce actionable insights for our mental health and community services, as well as a wider exploration of population health across the region.
It has been a fantastic introduction to the NHS and has emphasised to me the positive impact that I can have on people’s lives by working with data…which now brings me to Channel 3.
All trainees complete a “flexi placement”, joining an organisation in England for 8 weeks to gain different experiences and a broader perspective. We then share our learning back into the NHS. Having worked mainly in the analytical side of informatics, I wanted to experience the world of digital health. Channel 3 seemed like the perfect fit, having worked across the entire sector to fulfil their purpose of “better lives, better care, better digital”.
My first week has been a whirlwind introduction to a very welcoming and friendly team, and it’s clear that there is an absolute treasure trove of experience among those I’ve met so far. I’ve talked about clinical systems, priorities for a digital future and have started work on an innovative project to bring new digital apps and technology into the hands of communities who need them.
I’ve even learned a couple of new acronyms too, just to top up my list from the past year. I’ve got no doubt I’m going to enjoy the next two months, working with such a brilliant bunch of people, and I look forward to learning more!
The business has some exciting projects and events lined up, so I will post again in a month when I am halfway through my placement.