Methods Analytics Ltd has developed from an NHS organisation called a Quality Observatory. This was a team of specialist health care quality analysts formed in 2009 who worked as part of the NHS until 2013 when its host organisation (the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority) was abolished. In 2013 Methods Analytics became a new division within the Methods Group.
Starting from an initial team of 6 NHS staff Methods Analytics has grown and developed with the addition of NHS analysts, data scientists, management consultants, pharmacists, health economists, doctors, process specialists and technical specialists.
Welcome to Methods Analytics. We do not currently have any permanent vacancies but are always interested in hearing from talented people.We currently have permanent vacancies which are listed below. We want to welcome people that are natural problem solvers with a can-do attitude and will ensure that you are enabled to train, learn and apply your current experience. We do not have limits – we will support any new team members to become the professional they want to be in delivering an exciting and diverse work program. We want to find people who want to change career and get into Analytics which is going to be one of the most wide ranging careers anyone could do in a fast-paced developing digital world. We also want to support existing Analysts to further their career and push the limits of how we use data to deliver insight to decision makers everywhere. We currently work with some big clients such as NHS England, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Department of Education and The Skills Funding Agency to name a few. We have developed Methods Stethoscope which anyone can try for free and with subscriptions available for healthcare professionals. So, if you have an interesting C.V. please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can consider you for future roles or associate work
Data Processing notice
What we do with NHS data (the purpose)
Methods Analytics use data to show where an organisation is ‘different’ rather than simply good or bad; benchmarking against national and peer groups. We work extensively with episode level NHS data to provide Hospitals and those responsible for commissioning NHS services with intelligent information to improve the quality of care delivered. Next time you require the services of the NHS, please be assured that companies like ourselves are working hard with clinicians, managers and NHS staff to improve the care you will receive. It is important to us that the insight we share with the NHS can be easily understood and allow actions to be taken to improve services. This leads to the NHS being able to provide safer, higher quality and more effective care.
What data do we process?
METHODS ANALYTICS AND PERSONAL DATA
Methods Analytics do not process any data which is classed as personal. All of the data we use is pseudonomysed and all of the analysts producing information from the data we hold have no way of identifying anyone or re-identifying data. The HES and SUS data we process is classed as anonymous.We are interested in the bigger picture, for example of the thousands of patients who have hip replacement operations each year, how can we can help the NHS deliver safe and high quality care.
What do we do to protect the data we hold?
Methods Analytics understand that it is a privilege to be able to help the NHS by working with them and providing data to improve healthcare and safeguard patients. We take information security (information governance) very seriously and only highly trained analysts are provided with access to the data. This data is protected by several layers of security and all of the devices we use to access the data are protected with advanced encryption. Devices are password protected and access to the data is protected by a ‘Virtual Private Network’ key which is only issued to fully trained staff in our company. Methods Analytics are certified under the Data Protection Act. Our registration number is ZA052425 which you can check against the Information Commissioners Office official register.
Methods Analytics are also registered on the NHS Information Governance Toolkit. We achieved a score of 100% compliance in the current year which is one of the highest scores possible. Our staff are fully trained in Information Governance and this is renewed on an annual basis.
Methods Analytics is audited by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on an annual basis to ensure that we are processing data as agreed. The reports are available on their website at www.hscic.gov.uk/dsa
Methods Analytics hold ISO 27001:2013 accreditation which shows we hold a very high level of security protection and that all staff are fully compliant with Data Protection and Information Governance. Our certificate number is 901:ISN:002.
We follow the Information Commissioners Office Anonymisation Code of Practice to ensure that we suppress any small numbers in any of our reporting to ensure that all data we present to our customers is anonymous.
How we process data
Methods Analytics have a data warehouse hosted by Redcentric in their secure UK Data Centres in Harrogate and Reading. This means data is never required to be processed or stored on company devices such as laptops. The data warehouse runs on SQL server 2014 and this secure system is protected by a Virtual Private Cloud and two-factor authentication. Our processes use development, user acceptance testing and production environments and our code is managed in Subversion. We also have Qlikview Servers within Redcentric and Stethoscope™ is hosted on an Amazon Web Service server. Before any data leaves our secure environment small numbers are suppressed. We currently present data using a combination of Microsoft Excel based reporting, Qlikview server and the web based part of Stethoscope™ are developed using the open-source language Ruby on Rails. We also use Tableau for some development work. We use R for our statistical requirements as well as other statistical packages.
Can I see some of the information you produce with the data?
Yes you can. Our main product Stethoscope™ continues to provide fully transparent data to both the NHS and the public. We also provide many publicly available tools to the NHS including the ‘Procedures Explorer Tool’ which we developed with the Royal College of Surgeons. Please see the services section of our website and try them out for yourself. If you have any comments or questions please email email@example.com as we would be pleased to hear from you.