I am a senior Data Scientist in the UK National Health Service (NHS). I leads the NRLS / LFPSE analysis team at NHS Improvement, focussing on analysing incident reporting data and other NHS data sources to learn and improve patient safety. I have experience in public health, clinical networks, acute trust informatics, and leading the establishment of the data science team at Healthcare Evaluation Data (HED), a national NHS analytics service from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
I completed my PhD in applied statistics and machine learning at UCL in 2020, focussing on methods for analysing incident reporting data in the NHS, including multi-level regression models, Generalized Additive Models, dealing with overdispersion, tree and random forest methods and natural language processing (NLP). I have a background in training prior to joining the NHS, and this interest continues now.
I’m particularly into
R, but skilled in SQL and several other
languages. Bit of a Python n00b, but I’m getting there. I’m into
teaching R and coding skills, statistical skills/reasoning and
techniques and helping others reach their potential. Always happy to
answer questions and point people towards things that I find useful.
My personal website: Mainard.co.uk
If you are into
R, or keen to join an analyst community, please visit the website. I’m a contributor to the community, and member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
- Join the NHS-R Community Slack channel (it’s great!): Join slack
Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (Apha) - Join the community advocating for consistent and recognised professional standards in NHS analysis roles, with CPD, conferences, and regular APHA magazine. Register and get accredited. Apha Website
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) - A long-established learned society and professional body, the RSS is an authority on statistics in the UK, and internationally. Register as a member, receive their high quality journals, and I’d really recommend attending their conference! They have recently focussed on healthcare with the Florence Nightingale Awards, and their new analyst grade of membership. RSS Website
AnalystX - If you have access to the FutureNHS platform, join AnalystX, the analyst community that is drawing all the strand together and lead on training and skills. FutureNHS - AnalystX