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AphA response to NHS workforce plan

NHS England published the long term workforce plan on 30 June 2023, it sets out the case for long-term change for the NHS workforce. Analysts are pivotal to the NHS’s data goals, yet we are absent from the workforce plan. On behalf of AphA, supported by FEDIP, we wrote to Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of…

AphA and HSJ join forces to champion importance of health analytics

Posted : February 10, 2023 - /

HSJ and AphA (Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts) have launched a strategic partnership to increase awareness of the vital role of health analytics and analysts. Building on HSJ’s legacy of working closely with NHS senior leadership, and AphA’s sector expertise as the recognised professional body for Analytical professionals, the two…

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Making diamonds out of sausages

Posted : February 6, 2023 - /

“Most hospital discharge data is useless,” said the HSJ headline recently, reporting comments by former NHS CEO and current chair of two NHS trusts Sir David Nicholson. This twitched my antenna because data is obviously neutral; it’s what you do with it that counts. On this, Sir David is spot…

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Board Recruitment update – September 2022

Posted : September 28, 2022 - /

Dear All, We have recently concluded recruiting to AphA Board following the advertisement for Executive and Non-Executive roles. We received a lot of interest for the roles which shows that many are interested in working with the organisation and continue to advance AphA as a recognised Professional Body for Health…

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NHS at risk of losing a generation of data analysts

Posted : September 27, 2022 - / /

Young NHS analysts have little access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a time when national policy is calling for a major expansion of NHS analytical activity. A new survey by the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts of its members shows that 83% of newer Band 5 analysts have not…

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FEDIP launches a new learning platform and community

Posted : July 4, 2022 - /

FEDIP would like to invite all those in the health and care informatics profession to join the new FEDIP Hub. What is the FEDIP Hub? The FEDIP Hub is a learning management system that holds a catalogue of learning resources for health and care informatics professionals. The FEDIP Hub was…

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Policy paper Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data

Posted : June 15, 2022 - /

Ministerial foreword The use of NHS data was at the forefront of this country’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), helping us to remove restrictions and return on the path to normal life. Now that we are living with COVID-19, we must keep this momentum going, and apply it to the long-term challenges ahead…

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Launching a new AphA branch in the North East

Posted : June 1, 2022 - /

Rob Robson and Shevon Licorish both work at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Rob is Head of Data Strategy & Governance and Shevon is a Management Information Senior Analyst. They are talking about their plans to launch an AphA branch for the North East of…

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Mentorship Programme

Posted : May 23, 2022 - /

Apply Now! AphA Analysts announce the launch of our mentorship programme. This programme is an analyst-specific mentoring programme that connects AphA mentors and mentees across the NHS and public sector, aligning to AphA’s professionalisation and networking strategies, to develop and strengthen a sense of community and shared learning. Free of…

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Better, Broader, Safer: Review recognises AphA’s role in developing a professional NHS analyst community

Posted : May 11, 2022 - /

At AphA, we’re delighted to have been included in Professor Ben Goldacre’s review, along with a small number of other collaborative efforts, into how the efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis can benefit patients and the healthcare sector. The Better, Broader, Safer review was commissioned…

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HSMA 5 is Launching October 2022!

Posted : April 26, 2022 - /

Operational Research and Data Science approaches – such as Machine Learning – can play a vital role in supporting the delivery of health, social care and policing services. Increasingly, such skills are proving to be important components of the analytical function of organisations in these sectors. In 2016, we launched…

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“35 Under 35” Bursary Programme for Future Leaders

Posted : April 1, 2022 - /

FEDIP invites future digital leaders to apply for the new “35 under 35” bursary programme for the 2022 Digital Health Summer Schools. The “35 under 35” programme has been created to help identify, promote and support future digital leaders and future talent in the UK health informatics and digital health…

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The Next Step for Health and Care Informatics: Leading professionals from around the UK back new FEDIP Charter

Posted : March 21, 2022 - /

The Charter solidifies the plans to create a formally recognised and supported profession for all health and care informatics practitioners. The Charter sets out the following: The Federation for Informatics Professionals (FEDIP) Charter We will promote recognition of the skills and capabilities of the professions that make up the informatics…

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