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Working as a Government Analyst <ul><li>Richard Willmer </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Information and Intelligence, PHAST ...
Purpose of Session <ul><li>To give a brief idea of the type of work done by analysts in DH </li></ul><ul><li>To consider t...
Aims of DH <ul><li>Better health and well-being for all </li></ul><ul><li>Better care for all  </li></ul><ul><li>Better va...
Role of analysts in DH <ul><li>To provide advice, evidence and technical underpinning to the development and monitoring of...
Typical Analytical Activities <ul><li>a. Where are we now?  Is the situation getting better or worse? Does it affect speci...
Processes Required <ul><li>gathering/presenting data and research evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Modelling/ costing alternativ...
Skills required <ul><li>Understanding complex policy ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Technical : gathering /presenting data, model...
Government Employs <ul><li>A range of professional analytical groups (statisticians, economists, operational researchers, ...
Working as a Government Analyst <ul><li>advantages: varied work, opportunities to move around and even change department, ...
Details of recruitment schemes <ul><li>http://www.ons.gov.uk/jobs/government-statistical-service-recruitment/index.html </...
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  1. 1. Working as a Government Analyst <ul><li>Richard Willmer </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Information and Intelligence, PHAST </li></ul><ul><li>Former Head of Statistics, Department of Health </li></ul>
  2. 2. Purpose of Session <ul><li>To give a brief idea of the type of work done by analysts in DH </li></ul><ul><li>To consider the advantages/disadvantages of a career in Government </li></ul><ul><li>To provide an opportunity to discuss the issues raised </li></ul>
  3. 3. Aims of DH <ul><li>Better health and well-being for all </li></ul><ul><li>Better care for all </li></ul><ul><li>Better value for all </li></ul>
  4. 4. Role of analysts in DH <ul><li>To provide advice, evidence and technical underpinning to the development and monitoring of Government policies </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Health inequalities, smoking, alcohol strategy, obesity </li></ul>
  5. 5. Typical Analytical Activities <ul><li>a. Where are we now? Is the situation getting better or worse? Does it affect specific groups of the population? </li></ul><ul><li>b. What can we do to improve the situation? What is the evidence about what works? </li></ul><ul><li>c. What are the options for making improvement and how much impact could they have ? </li></ul><ul><li>d. What would be the cost of the options ? How cost effective will they be? </li></ul><ul><li>e. How do we monitor the impact of the policies? Process, intermediate outcomes, final outcomes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Processes Required <ul><li>gathering/presenting data and research evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Modelling/ costing alternative policies </li></ul><ul><li>Getting a feel for 'what would work' </li></ul><ul><li>Writing policy/Ministerial briefings on the options </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting options </li></ul>
  7. 7. Skills required <ul><li>Understanding complex policy ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Technical : gathering /presenting data, modelling, costing proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Writing and presenting work </li></ul><ul><li>Team work with analytical and policy colleagues; sometimes across Government </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts with NHS and Academic Organisations </li></ul>
  8. 8. Government Employs <ul><li>A range of professional analytical groups (statisticians, economists, operational researchers, researchers, scientists) </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Government aspect to career and working </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on general as well as technical skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. Working as a Government Analyst <ul><li>advantages: varied work, opportunities to move around and even change department, working directly on what's in the news </li></ul><ul><li>disadvantages: away from the coal face, not always opportunities to publish work and do detailed methodological work </li></ul>
  10. 10. Details of recruitment schemes <ul><li>http://www.ons.gov.uk/jobs/government-statistical-service-recruitment/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.milkround.com/jobs/108/Government-Economic-Service-Economist-Fast-Stream-Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.operational-research.gov.uk/recruitment/career/ </li></ul>
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