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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds So I suppose the biggest piece of advice I would give them was yeh if you, if you’re going to go for it, really go for it and sometimes just giving you that extra push, being brave to take that big step will pay off and will make a difference. In fact, that was one of the other learnings from the project was actually understanding the data that doesn’t matter. We went into this thinking what someone was prescribed, you know what medication they’re taking would really make a difference to the outcome. And it made no difference at all, having too much data is both good and a bad thing.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds So it’s a good thing in terms of we’re able to link different sources of data together to get on their complete patient journey know, across the NHS. The bad side is we don’t have necessarily the tools or the underlying technology to really exploit and to really make the most of that data. And that’s our big challenge next is we need to do more predictive analytics, we need to get more insight and information out of that data, particularly to change what happens at the front line. So to being able to stop people going to A and E, to be able to prevent certain diseases or certain incidents happening.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds So yeah, there’s a real challenge around being able to cope with not just the volume of data, but just also how fast, it’s now arriving to us. And there’s a real interesting challenge emerging with things like sensors and the internet of things that we’re not even touching yet that we know is coming. It’s going to be fascinating to see how we how we handle that in the future. So if I could travel back in time, I would just encourage my younger self to always be curious. So the world that I know live and work in, is in data, and that has changed at a phenomenal pace over the last kind of decade or beyond.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds So I think just be curious, don’t be frightened of change, take the initiative and look out for things you’re interested in, you never know where you’re going to be in the next 5 or 10 years time that the change we’ve seen so far is going to continue on. So just embrace that be curious and enjoy what you do.

Some tips before we move on

When I interviewed Jonathan and Elizabeth we discussed tips and techniques for increasing the likelihood of success on data projects.

I asked them, “If you could travel back in time and give your younger self any tips, what would they be?”.

I hope you found their answers insightful and useful. There are some great tips in the video, especially “don’t worry about data that doesn’t matter” and “be curious”.

Have a look in the “See Also” section below for case studies beyond the two we have discussed so far.

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