On behalf of Leeds, the Academy is delighted to welcome our first cohort of Data Analyst Apprentices from across the Health and Care system, starting on 29th September 2020. 

In partnership with WhiteHat, this innovative L4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship combines industry-leading technical expertise with values-based leadership development.  It brings together colleagues from our hospitals, primary care providers, commissioning groups and the city council, along with those from national NHS bodies based in Leeds, to develop knowledge and skills in partnership with each other. 

Euan Blair, Co-founder and CEO of WhiteHat said:

For any large organisation to serve their patients, clients and staff, the ability to bring together and interpret data accurately is essential. We’re hugely excited to launch this pilot as the first stage of our partnership with the Academy, our first in the health and social care sector. It’s a journey organisations large and small across the country are on, and my focus will be on ensuring this first wave of apprentices have a world class experience that equips them with skills that are felt across the organisation and city of Leeds.

Jenny Lewis, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Strategic Lead on behalf of the Leeds Health and Care Academy for the project said:

This is a great opportunity for us to build our digital and analytical capability which is such a crucial skill for us as a city and the first of its kind for the Leeds health and care sector. It is so exciting to see how projects like this can provide amazing opportunities for our Health and Care Staff to develop their skills for the benefit of our communities and learn together and from each other.

Kate O’Connell, Director of Leeds Strategic Workforce and Leeds Health and Care Academy also added:

These colleagues are at the heart of developing our future services, connecting data and digital skills across traditional boundaries to ensure we continue to enhance person-centred care, and share knowledge and insight to improve health outcomes.

With the expert support of our training provider WhiteHat, and skilled work-based supervisors from the host-organisations, I am sure that this will be an exciting and transformative opportunity for all involved.

The Academy will be working with all Leeds partners to support the programme and we will be following our apprentices’ journeys with keen interest over the next 15 months and beyond, wishing them every success!