NDPH is developing new expertise concerning Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) which is a de-identified primary care dataset of approximately 16 million people. My role is to play a large part in this and eventually be the main point of contact for enquiries. I will select, download, validate and prepare complex files. I will also be working with other datasets such as Hospital Episode Statistics.
After a maths degree, my early career was as a programmer, mainly commercial applications on mainframes but also software engineering at a small company which produced weighing machines. Within both educational and private sectors, I have completed several fixed-term contracts, which involved a mixture of programming, research and statistics, examples include an IT support role at Salford University, two years published research in childhood leukaemia at Leeds University, modelling and tuning UK air traffic collision avoidance systems at National Air Traffic Services and demand forecasting at The National Grid. Mid-career, I completed an MSc at Warwick University Business School in Management Science and Operational Research, gaining a distinction and I have held Fellow (standard) membership of the Royal Statistical Society since 1997.
Starting in 2001, I experienced a lengthy, extremely demanding, albeit character building career break to care full-time for my mother. Afterwards, the challenge of re-establishing my career included a spell as an administrative volunteer at The Alzheimer’s Society, a six month statistical fixed term contract at Cancer Research UK and a highly successful 18 month COPD-related research project at University Hospitals Leicester.