Our team

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.

Simon Swift
Simon is the Managing Director of Methods Analytics, he is focused on improving the use of information so decisions are based on evidence rather than anecdote and whim. Simon leads the business, and supports product development and consulting projects with a thorough understanding of the NHS policy, data and information landscape and clinical practice, with an approach that is driven by developing meaningful intelligence to enable understanding, debate and change. Simon initially worked as a trainee surgeon in the NHS for 8 years before retraining in Health Economics and Health Policy.
Marc Tallentire
Marc is a Deputy Director overseeing the consulting arm of the business and is also heavily involved in business development, delivery, and operations. He has worked in the health analytics industry for the past eleven years in both the UK and Canada on a diverse range of projects. These include NHS mortality and care pathway reviews; account management for a Business Intelligence managed service; Technical Advisory and requirements gathering for local and central government; and identifying and measuring benefits of the largest public facing NHS website in the UK – NHS Choices. Prior to consulting, Marc worked for the Canadian Institute for Health Information analysing national health databases for annual hospital performance reporting. Marc is well versed and has extensive experience using a range of project and programme management methodologies and currently prefers Agile and Scrum.
Adam Buckley
Adam has worked for over 20 years in the IT industry delivering a range of systems from mobile apps to large scale distributed systems to a number of key markets including Finance, Manufacturing and Healthcare. From 2012, Adam has worked on a number of NHS Information systems, first working with the HSCIC before joining Methods Analytics in 2014. Adam’s expertise includes performance tuning large scale databases, data warehouse design, high availability and fault tolerance as well as code generation and test automation.
Julia Sharman
Julia is Director, Sales & Marketing for Methods Analytics, she is focused on growing the business and reputation of Methods Analytics to place it as the Industry leader in Health Informatics and extending the use of information across private and public organisations. Julia brings both NHS and commercial experience in health informatics, clinical pathway redesign and management consultancy applying an approach that is driven by the use of meaningful intelligence to enable understanding, debate and change.

Careers

Welcome to Methods Analytics. 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.

CURRENT VACANCIES

  • Ruby on Rails Developer
    Closing date: 30/04/2017

If interested in a position please email lee.bunday@methods.co.uk, with a covering letter and your C.V. detailing why you believe you would be a success in the role.

Data Processing notice

DATA

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 process various sources of NHS data and the Health and Social Care Information Centre act as our Data Controller. We hold Hospital Episode Statistics and Secondary Uses Services data for Admitted Patient Care, Accident & Emergency attendances and Out Patient appointments. We also use many publicly available sources of data which you can find on the internet.

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 analytics@methods.co.uk as we would be pleased to hear from you.