Elizabeth Way

I stared my career in technology by working in a Housing Association moving their support paperwork to online systems.

Looking back at that role I realise I was acting as Project Manager, Product Owner and User Centered Design. I was really keen to ensure that systems put in place didn’t hinder the work these excellent support workers were doing. They were out dealing with sensitive situations and needed the technology to help them get paperwork stored safely and securely, ready for onward monitoring to save them inputting time at the end of their day whilst also ensuring it wasn’t a barrier to the support work they needed to provide.

I moved on from that role to gain experience working with other Project and Product people in technology and worked at Skills for Care, an organisation helping create a skilled and valued adult social care workforce. There I was part of the team managing the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care ensuring.

I then moved onto what is now NHS Digital, initially in project and programmes, working on developing a new strategic data platform for health care data. My initial role was to define what that technology and service would look like in order to obtain the relevant funding. This meant involving a wide range of people from across various disciplines to ensure we could communicate the vision in an effective way, whilst also working in a time of increasing advancement in the technologies available to us, meaning constant design improvement.

I then moved into Product Management – leading the prioritisiation of developments and operational processing on the platform. Now I have also moved into leading the development of the next version of the data platform, ensuring we use the new technologies available to best meet the needs of the users and consumers of the health care data it holds.