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Have Yourself a Merry Average Christmas!🎄

December 22, 2023 9:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

#AphA2024XmasNo1   What better thing to celebrate at Christmas than the greatest analytics gift of them all… the average.  The ultimate summary number to make decisions on, throw everything together and get a reliable answer right.  With that in mind I have decided that AphA should try and obtain the…


Are you a victim of data bias?

October 26, 2023 8:17 am Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/comment/are-you-a-victim-of-data-bias/7035821.article Investing in professional analytics teams is vital to eliminate data bias in healthcare and address health inequalities, ensuring better decision-making and patient care, write co-authors Ruth Holland and Emma Wright If you’ve been reading AphA’s blogs, you’ll know by now that your organisation is sitting on…


Decision-making should be a science

September 28, 2023 3:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/technology-and-innovation/decision-making-should-be-a-science/7035610.article Rony Arafin, CEO of AphA and Kate Cheema, Director of Evaluation and Insights at UCLPartners write How professionalising healthcare analytics helps in unlocking the power of data for informed decision-making in the NHS which is a vital investment. Effective, high-quality decision-making, whether small and day-to-day or…


AphA response to NHS workforce plan

September 19, 2023 2:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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…


NHS must stop treating data analysis as a ‘clerical’ role

September 15, 2023 7:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/technology-and-innovation/nhs-must-stop-treating-data-analysis-as-a-clerical-role/7035547.article Recognising data analysts as vital technical experts, not clerical staff, is essential for the NHS’s data-driven future and improved patient care, writes Andrew Barraclough and Dr Marc Farr Bodies like AphA are working with NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care to formalise exactly…


Don’t underestimate the power of ‘pen pushers’

September 6, 2023 11:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/workforce/dont-underestimate-the-power-of-pen-pushers/7035467.article Save time and money by upskilling your analytical workforce and making better decisions, write Andi Orlowski and Mark Foy Non-clinical NHS work can get a bad rap from outside observers. Staff like analysts are often framed as back office-dwelling pen pushers, existing to restrict or impede…


Unearthing the hidden riches of your organisation’s data

August 24, 2023 9:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/unearthing-the-hidden-riches-of-your-organisations-data/7035412.article The board of directors at AphA write on ways an organisation can benefit from proper refinement of data, shedding light on three critical functions – business intelligence, data science and analytics Untold stories of a precious resource are running through your organisation. Left underground, it provides…


Why you need a chief analytics officer

August 14, 2023 1:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ article link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/workforce/why-you-need-a-chief-analytics-officer/7035310.article NHS organisations need a chief analytics officer to lead data-driven culture, inspire analysts, and unlock potential in healthcare through analytics, write Mark Foy, Marc Farr, and Neil Morgan.   Analytics has never been more important to the NHS – and the need for analysts is growing all…


AphA offered to join NHS England’s AI Expert Panel to represent health and care analysts

August 10, 2023 8:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Last month, NHS England published a workforce plan designed to ensure the health service can meet rising demand and evolving health and care needs. Unlocking the power of artificial intelligence, which could help revolutionise disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, is key to that vision. At the Association of Professional Healthcare…


Your data analysts should be professionals

July 27, 2023 10:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

HSJ Article Link: https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/your-data-analysts-should-be-professionals/7035239.article   As part of their continued focus on supporting professional registration, Rony Arafin, CEO of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts, and Andrew Griffiths, CEO of the Federation for Informatics Professionals, come together in a joint article to discuss professionalisation and why it matters   You probably wouldn’t let…