Informatics Management Specialism
Intake: 2007 – NHS
I joined the NHS Graduate Scheme in October 2007 after studying Psychology at the University of Manchester. Although I enjoyed my degree and the psychology-related work experience I did whilst at university, the opportunities available with the NHS seemed too good to pass up – the chance to help people and give something back to society were really important to me. After meeting people already on the Graduate Scheme, I was struck by the variety of jobs they do, and thought this would be a career that would really stretch me. In particular, the Informatics stream appealed to me because it’s such a rapidly expanding area of the organisation, and I wanted to be part of that.
At the moment I’m based in the Information department, working primarily in the area of mental health. One really important and challenging piece of work I’m doing is a suicide audit for the PCT, which will lead to the development of initiatives to reduce the number of suicides in Liverpool.
There are various avenues I’d like to explore once I finish the scheme, such as project management or service improvement. I’m keen to be involved in a job where I can see clear outcomes from the work I’ve done – if I start a piece of work, I like to see it all the way through. There are so many possibilities working for such a big organisation.