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Data Science Assembly

What is it?

A group that represents those working in novel data science (both R&D and operational) in NHS England and NHS Digital.

Why do we need it?

Representation from a strong and recognised Data Science function is important, to ensure novel approaches and techniques can feed into operational analytics, AI and beyond. In addition to experimenting/filtering R&D projects and recommending successful ones to operational analytics, we can provide important guidance/reference to the operational team in terms of the latest tech (e.g. algorithms/approaches, tools, tech stack, etc.)

Currently, we may get asked individually, or not at all, to contribute to the development of:

  • Data Science projects
  • Analytics tools, software and platforms
  • Workforce, for example training and development for existing colleagues

The Data Science Assembly allows us to collaboratively contribute to these developments with a stronger and more consistent voice, to ensure the requirements of data science and innovative analytics are an appropriate part of future plans.

Who will be in it?

Members are from teams from NHS England and NHS Digital, with enthusiasm and experience in Data Science and innovative analytics.

What will it do?

We collectively represent the innovative analytics and data science community in NHS England and NHS Digital and have a focus on the following areas:

  • Internal tooling and platforms
  • Open analytics, such as GitHub use
  • Training and events, for example working with AnalystX
  • Competency Frameworks
  • Involvement in networks and communities such as NHS-R Community and NHS PyCom

How do we do this?

  • Members form sub-groups and take forward key areas listed above
  • We attend key stakeholder meetings
  • The Data Science Assembly meets regularly to feedback and decide on our collective actions/positions

What is it not?

  • A team from which projects and data science outputs are commissioned (this still happens in separate teams)