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NHS Digital staff shortlisted for Women in IT Awards

NHS Digital staff have been shortlisted in for the Women in IT Awards 2018.

Marta Raper and Elizabeth Hill have been included among the nominees for the awards which will be held at the end of January.

Marta has been nominated for an Editor's Choice award, while Elizabeth is up for the Graduate of the Year gong.

Senior project manager Marta joined NHS Digital in 2008 as a business support officer, but has risen swiftly through the organisation to be placed at the forefront of technology in the NHS.

She helped to lead the way in bringing NHS services back in house, such as the Spine and Data Transfer Service as well as project managing the new Messaging Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH). 

Marta said: "I am delighted to be short-listed for this prestigious award. I am also grateful to NHS Digital for providing me with the platform to showcase my skills. But there's so much more still to do.

"I can see how much more we can achieve for the NHS and this challenge motivates me every day just as it does everybody else in the organisation, male or female."

Philosophy graduate Elizabeth joined NHS Digital in September 2016, starting off as a business analyst on the NHS Spine and has since moved on to working as a scrum master for the replacement of the Secondary Uses Service.

Elizabeth, who studied at York University, has also worked as an ambassador for the NHS Digital graduate programme, representing the organisation at the HERD Digital Careers Fair and the Leeds Digital Festival.

Elizabeth said: "I was shocked to be nominated, let alone shortlisted.

"I am over the moon to have been recognised for my efforts, despite still being relatively new to the organisation.

"It is great to see that NHS Digital are celebrating the achievements and diversity of their staff, and even more fantastic to see that there will be a number of other finalists representing NHS Digital at the Women in IT Awards in January."

Rachel Murphy, who served as digital delivery director at NHS Digital until November, has been shortlisted for Digital Leader of the Year.