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A day in the life of a SSNAP Data Analyst

I joined the SSNAP team in June this year as a data analyst, shortly after completing my MSc in Mental Health Studies at King’s College London. I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology and throughout my time at University I completed both clinical and research placements. I really enjoyed working on a clinical audit for my MSc dissertation, which used patient level data to investigate the delays in access to a Mental Health Act Assessment within Community Mental Health Teams.

This work sparked my enthusiasm for working on clinical audits and I was very excited to join the SSNAP team - the only national stroke register in the world to collect longitudinal data on the processes and outcomes of stroke care up to six months post stroke. 

What does a typical morning at work look like for you? 

A typical morning for me starts at 6:00am. I like to have lots of time to get ready because I hate rushing around first thing in the morning! I walk to work from Vauxhall to London Bridge which is a nice way to start the day, instead of a packed tube journey. I use this time to catch up on listening to whatever my latest podcast series is, and the first thing I do when I get into work is check out my to-do list for the day and for the upcoming week.

What exciting projects are you working on?
 I have joined SSNAP at a very exciting time, as we are in the process of linking SSNAP data with Ambulance Trusts in England. This collaboration of pre-hospital and acute care in stroke will provide SSNAP with a much richer data set on the whole care pathway and help ambulance services to identify focus areas for quality improvement.
This is a large project which involves the valuable input from a variety of organisations such as NHS England and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. We hold monthly teleconferences to discuss the progression of the project and recently, we have used this opportunity to agree on the additional SSNAP data items which Ambulance Trusts will complete. 
How do you like to spend your lunchtime? 
I take lunch whenever I start feeling like I need to recharge my batteries, which varies each day. If its nice outside I might go and take a walk along the river at Tower Bridge, and if not, I’ll usually go up to our break room on the top floor and read whatever book I have on the go.
And what other projects have you been working on recently? 

 As well as the ambulance linkage project, recently I have been working on the latest Acute Organisational Audit, which gives a ‘SSNAP’-shot of the quality of stroke service organisation in acute settings. As a relatively new member to the team, it has been valuable for me to be working on this report as it outlines the domains which we collect data on, as well as giving context as to the methodology behind what we report on. 

How do you relax and unwind after a day’s work at SSNAP? 
I play volleyball, so a nice way to unwind is by going to training a few nights a week to catch up with my friends and get some exercise. For evenings where I want to relax at home, I have several TV series on the go that I’ll be catching up on! 
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