Health Analysis

Why Health Analysis?

The NHS has to meet the challenges of an ageing population with more complex health needs, at a time of significant financial constraint. Health analysis has a vital role in meeting this challenge through, for example, undertaking the modelling and evaluation of potential healthcare system changes and providing tools and evidence to support the decision making. Ultimately health analysis helps to provide the evidence-base and tools to ensure that the focus is on continuously improving those things that really matter to patients – the outcome of their healthcare.

We are looking for highly numerate graduates based in Leeds, London or the South East with an interest in the NHS, and an understanding of a wide variety of analytical approaches (i.e. economics, statistics and operational research techniques) and their application, to provide high quality, timely analysis and intelligence. We would expect candidates to be able to structure problems and develop appropriate analytical solutions, analysing and triangulating data, providing insight and giving persuasive explanations of complex concepts orally and in writing to a range of audiences, in a clear and accessible manner.

What to expect on the Health Analysis scheme

The Health Analysis Graduate Management Training scheme will give you the opportunity to work in Leeds, London or the South East in a health analytical team in a national organisation. You’ll gain hands-on experience of how analysis informs policy and direction in the healthcare system, and get the opportunity to work in a number of areas. The type of areas that you might work on includes: modelling future levels of hospital activity and production of tools to help support local areas for long term planning; evaluating the success of new ways of delivering care to patients as part of the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan; analysis to understand the drivers behind cancer waiting times; analysis of the drivers behind the growth in GP referrals; and modelling to support the Maternity Review including development of a model for understanding and planning midwifery workload.

You’ll undertake a minimum of three placements during the two years programme, across at least two organisations. During this time you’ll also work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Analysis at University College London. Here, you will learn how cutting-edge analytical approaches are applied in healthcare. Examples of module content are:

– Coding for statistical analysis in R Studio
– Machine Learning
– The role of economics in health analysis
– Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Where it can lead: the role of Chief Analyst in a national organisation

Many of the national health-related organisations such as NHS England have a senior or chief analyst acting in a leadership role to champion the use of analysis and evidence in decision making. These are highly influential roles supporting decisions that influence improvements in all aspects of health and social care.

In these roles, key responsibilities often include:

– Setting the direction for the use of analysis in the health service
– Championing the importance of analysis and ensuring it is integral to the NHS’s agenda
– Providing analytical links across other NHS organisations, and strengthening the capacity and capability of analysis in the NHS
– Providing strategic leadership for analytical professions and analytical issues
– Innovating and organising analytical resources to get maximum value
– Providing the NHS with the analysis and evidence needed to deliver better care for NHS patients across the country.

Please note that this programme is only available in Leeds or London.