Meet Dan, our Principal Analyst - Community. Dan started working for the NHS in May 2002 as a Personal Secretary/PA in what was then the Health Promotion department of Eastern Cheshire PCT. He worked there for two years which gave him valuable NHS knowledge and experience of working in an office environment in addition to new IT and Microsoft Office skills. A vacancy then became available in the Information Department at East Cheshire NHS Trust in July 2004 which seemed ideal as he has always enjoyed working with figures, Excel formulas and Access and building databases / programming. He also enjoyed looking at data and working out what it was saying and building conclusions from it, so this job seemed ideal. Dan applied and was successfully appointed to the role of Information Analyst, based in the old Clock Tower!
Dan's recent promotion to Principal Analyst - Community in March 2018 involves producing routine mandatory reports for NHS England on activity such as A&E performance, Bed Occupancy, Inpatient Episodes and GP Referrals as well as community services. He also produce monthly reports to Execs, community based teams and support various departments and Service Managers within the trust and community with data that drives operational and departmental decision making. The role also involves management and mentoring as well as attending various meetings to discuss data requirements, present data and provide commentary where needed.
Dan is proud to be part of a team that is key to providing accurate information that is essential to the trust’s performance and allows issues to be highlighted and made aware of. He enjoys knowing that he provides a service to people, that the information he produces is useful and vital to help others do their roles effectively and with as much factual information as possible to support them. He likes to know that he can help make a difference through the detail he provides. He particularly enjoys problem solving and is often asked ad-hoc questions which involves working out the best and most logical way to answer the question with the data we have available. It’s also about providing it in a way that’s understandable to everybody. Often he has to interrogate complex data and interpret its meaning, which is a challenge but also very rewarding. He also enjoys using his knowledge of data extraction software (SQL Server / Access / Visual Studio) to assist in this and presents the data in the best possible format in the most efficient way.
Dan adds that he has always found personal development very good in the trust. He has been on various courses for Management / SQL Server / Working with Statistics, Presentation and Workplace Communication skills and found them all very useful. He feels if you ask for training, there is usually accessibility to it, either within or outside the trust.
Dan would recommend Information Analysis as a career to anybody who enjoys working with numbers and has an analytical mind and likes to investigate things, as it’s very interesting. He gets a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of his job, which is a big plus!