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Matthew Hill: December 12, 2019

Celebrating Success with the Edinburgh One HealthTech Community 

We are lucky to be part of a vibrant, Health Tech community – one NDS is equally keen to collaborate with, support and learn from.  

This week, we had the opportunity to celebrate with the Health Tech community at the Edinburgh One HealthTech Christmas meetup.  For those new to One HealthTech, it is a global, volunteer-led, grassroots community that supports and promotes under-represented groups to be future leaders in health innovation.  Their mission is to inspire, celebrate, enable and champion inclusivity and diversity in health tech. 

The audience included a diverse mix of attendees from private and public sector including start-ups and larger companies.  Personally, I found the approach and attention to detail made this a much more inclusive event than many I have been to before – great work OHT! 

From NDS, Rohan Gunatilllake (Head of Product) and Alistair Hann (Chief Technology Officer) shared their successes and thoughts for 2020, including: 

Growth of our team in NDS 

  • 2019 has seen strong growth in our team.  We’re delighted that NDS has been able to attract a wide range of talented colleagues.  We are especially proud that many positions and areas of expertise were new to NHS Scotland.  In addition, attracting talent from small and established names in the vibrant Edinburgh Tech Community shows NDS represents a compelling career opportunity – especially for those keen to benefit society through their work. 

 Diversity 

  • Diversity is key to ensuring the services built by NDS recognise and meet the needs of Scotland’s diverse population.  This is widely acknowledged as a challenging area in tech, but one we at NDS are absolutely committed to as we build our products and services.   
  • While NDS is at an early stage, we have already identified opportunities for improvement and aim to ensure diversity in recruitment is the norm for NDS. 

 Rewarding user feedback related to our first product – ReSPECT 

  • Prior to joining NDS, many colleagues would rely on metrics and dashboards to see the impact of their work on users.  NDS is different - our engineers, product managers and other members of the team regularly meet with users, including clinicians, NHS boards and care providers.   
  • The delight of users after seeing and using the product they have often helped develop has been humbling and highly motivating for colleagues.  Equally, we have seen a similar positive impact between the team and our users which has strengthened trust and our ability to collaborate 

Other presenters at the event included Cathy Kelly, who gave an illuminating presentation on the progress of Digital Transformation of Scottish Health and Care.  As Clinical Advisor for Digital Health and Care team in Scottish Government and Chief Clinical Information Officer for North London Partners, she has been at the forefront of leading change in this area, providing valuable insight on both the impressive progress and work ahead. 

Exciting and challenging opportunities lie ahead for NDS, if you’re interested in learning more visit our website and follow NDS on Linkedin and Twitter.

Matthew Hill

Principal Consultant - Recruitment  

 

 

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