My name is Natalie Shortt, and I am the Global Digital Exemplars (GDE) Business Change Lead for the #DigitalNorthMid team.
Currently, I work with the GDE project team deploying a range of new digital solutions under the programme. This requires mapping processes (documenting how things currently work and then finding new and improved ways of working), configuration, testing and implementation, engaging staff (tapping into their expertise and working with them to curate solutions) and ultimately ensuring we can use the software to benefit clinical time and enhance patient safety
My role has been heavily involved in the identification of people processes and solution workflows, and I can honestly say that every day looks and feels quite different in terms of challenges, new ideas and developing solutions that work not only for the general hospital but also for individual departments.
Before joining the GDE team I worked with the IT Patient Systems Team, bringing in-depth knowledge of all the current patient systems capabilities and potential to link with new products. I am really passionate about users not having to replicate recording clinical patient data across multiple systems. I’ve led on the development and rollout of applications such as Vitals, Medway Maternity, and Careflow Connect and support operational working practices.
Looking back on to when I first started ‘my tech or digital career journey’, I feel that things have 100% changed not only for me as a professional but also as a woman in quite a male-dominated sector. I remember many years ago being that person in meetings who would never get the ‘technical’ questions and those questions were primarily directed at my male colleagues even though I had the knowledge and was specifically placed in those meetings to address IT related queries!
Over the years, I’ve found that things have changed 100% for the better - more and more women are getting into IT across all industry levels. And I feel pretty proud that I didn’t let my earlier setbacks or challenges stop me from pursuing an area of work that I love.
If I had advice for my younger self, I would probably say go for it! ‘Tech’ or ‘IT’ is for everyone – if you have a passion for it, speak up, be present and go get it…
There are so many networks out there now, so I would say do your research. Explore and engage with as many networks as you can across social media platforms and websites such as Digital Health, NHSX, and The Shuri Network is the first network for BME women in health tech and digital health.
There are many women now in digital leadership and IT roles which is inspiring.
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