During my final year of medical school at the University of Exeter, I undertook a 4-week virtual placement at NHS Digital, as my medical school elective. As I start my career, this experience has given me a unique insight, not only into the behind-the-scenes of policy and decision making in the NHS, but also into the huge amount of work that goes into making it all possible.
I was originally drawn to the organisation after taking a module on our 'Digital World' as part of my MSc in Clinical Education. This introduced the concept of how rapidly the demands we place on providers and the needs of the new generation are changing as younger generations become digital natives. I hoped to find out more about the work that NHS Digital does to meet these demands.
Emma is in her final year training to become a junior doctor at Exeter University. Emma spent her medical school elective with NHS Digital, furthering her interest in clinical informatics and the impact digitalisation can have on patient care. Emma also has a MSc in Clinical Education and hopes to carry both of these interests with her as she starts her clinical career.