Data and AI Apprenticeships for the NHS

A full-stack data skills solution tailored to the NHS

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One data apprentice can create real impact for the NHS:

77% fewer dropped operations

achieved through live reporting

99% less time spent on reporting

achieved through automations in Python

5x faster ML model training

achieved through automations

1500 hours per month saved

by replacing manual analysis with automated machine learning 

About our programmes

Data has the potential to reshape health and social care in the UK. Patient outcomes can be improved through the insight and intelligence that data can provide if the workforce has the skillset to take advantage of the opportunity. Analysis of data can speed diagnosis and research and deliver more efficient service planning. When applied to operational efficiencies, data can save staff time and save care services money, which can be reinvested in patient care. 

Cambridge Spark is proud to be delivering data and AI apprenticeships that provide the NHS workforce with the skills needed to reshape health and social care with data. Working with a range of partners, including the NHS Leadership Academy, Microsoft, AnalystX and HDR UK, every NHS employee has an opportunity to develop the data and digital skills they need to succeed. 

From building data literacy in Excel, through to earning a MSc-level qualification in artificial intelligence, the Cambridge Spark apprenticeship suite empowers the data transformation of every NHS organisation.

Delivered through EDUKATE.AI, Cambridge Spark's patented online learning platform for data, our programmes are developing the skills of the NHS workforce to take advantage of the opportunities that data offers.

Don't work in healthcare?

Discover our other apprenticeship programmes available to professionals across sectors outside of healthcare.

Our Partners:

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Our next enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023

CASE STUDY:
Building essential data and leadership skills in the NHS

Chloe started the Level 3 NHS Data Citizen Apprenticeship in September 2021, a unique programme designed for NHS employees and delivered by Cambridge Spark and the NHS Leadership Academy.
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Level 7 AI and Data Science Apprenticeship

A 15-month virtual learning programme, delivered with expert input from Health Data Research UK to build data science and AI capability that transforms health and social care in the UK.

Enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023

Example uses:

Reducing time spent in A&E by up to 3 hours per patient by predicting hospital admissions based on triage data

Reducing patient wait times, machine service costs and operational downtime through predictive maintenance

Saving assessment time and teaching costs for surgical trainees by automating skills assessments

 

Delivery:

Flexible e-learning combined with live, instructor-led training

24/7 support with EDUKATE.AI®, expert faculty, a dedicated data mentor and a learner success coach

Continuous, hands-on project work

Academic Reading Club and two-day Data Hackathon

Suitable For:

Analysts and data scientists looking to apply AI and machine learning to their work.

Clinical staff using Python in their research who want to develop their data science skills.

Prerequisites:

Proficiency in Python programming and linear algebra

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Optional Microsoft certification:

The apprenticeship covers the syllabus for the following exams:

AI-102 - Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution

AZ-900 - Azure Fundamentals

"We recognise that digital and data skills are extremely important in the NHS and can pose a barrier for some staff. As well as addressing this skills gap, the Cambridge Spark NHS Data Citizen Apprenticeship programme describes learning which aligns with our Trust values and the values in the NHS Constitution." 

Lesley Cradduck, Apprenticeship Centre Manager at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Level 4 Data Engineer Apprenticeship

The L4 Data Engineer Apprenticeship equips learners with the technical and leadership skills to support business functions in creating and maintaining data analytics pipelines.

Enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023

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Delivery:

Flexible e-learning combined with live, instructor-led training

24/7 support with EDUKATE.AI®, expert faculty, a dedicated data mentor and a learner success coach

Suitable For:

Analysts and other professionals looking to develop skills in Python, SQL, data modelling approaches, software testing, git, CI/CD and DevOps mindset.

Prerequisites:

3 A levels at grade CCC with one at Grade B (or equiv.) in one STEM subject; maths desirable 

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What is the Data Engineer Apprenticeship?

The Data Engineer Apprenticeship is designed to take an organisation’s data transformation journey to the next level.

Equips employees with the skills and knowledge to build and maintain the infrastructure that data-driven organisations need to make use of huge datasets.

"We live and breathe data. We produce data extracts, dashboards and reports so a big driver for starting my Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship was learning new ways to approach and provide better insight of the data." 

Abby Echave, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship

A 14-month virtual learning programme to build data analytics capability using Python programming and other tools, including SQL and Power BI.

Enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023

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Example uses:

Validating the effectiveness of new technologies on NHS services

Identifying and improving underperforming practices and implementing support and corrective actions

Delivery:

Flexible e-learning combined with live, instructor-led training

24/7 support with EDUKATE.AI®, expert faculty, a dedicated data mentor and a learner success coach

Continuous, hands-on project work and a two-day Data Hackathon

Suitable For:

Analysts who want to learn Python programming and SQL

Anyone comfortable using data in Excel who wants to build their analytics capability

Prerequisites:

3 A levels at grade CCC with one at Grade B (or equiv.) in one STEM subject; maths desirable 

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Optional Microsoft Certification:

The apprenticeship covers the syllabus for the following exams:

DP-100 - Analysing Data with Microsoft Power BI

AZ-900 - Azure Fundamentals

"This is a very exciting partnership, which speaks to the People Plan by enabling high quality management training to be delivered in an accessible and affordable way, whilst ensuring inclusive and compassionate leadership is at the core"

Corinna Thomas, Senior Programme Lead, NHS Leadership Academy

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Level 4 NHS Digital Business Analyst Apprenticeship

A 14-month programme that equips NHS professionals with the competencies required to successfully identify and deploy digital, data-driven solutions in their organisation.

Enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023
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Delivery:

Flexible e-learning combined with live, instructor-led training

24/7 support with EDUKATE.AI®, expert faculty, a dedicated data mentor and a learner success coach

Continuous, hands-on project work and a two-day Data Hackathon

Suitable For:

Anyone looking to build their confidence and skills to enable the digital transformation of the NHS

Anyone comfortable using data in Excel who wants to build their analytics capability

Prerequisites:

3 A levels at grade CCC with one at Grade B (or equiv.) in one STEM subject; maths desirable 

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Apprentices will undertake the Edward Jenner leadership programme with the NHS Leadership Academy as part of the apprenticeship.

(Employees who have already completed this programme can still undertake the apprenticeship).

"The course has made me start to think analytically about the data: why we are using it, who it is for, what is the impact. It has got me talking to lots of different departments and using data in different ways."

Chloe Giles, Data Compliance Administrator

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Level 3 NHS Data Citizen Apprenticeship

Delivered by Cambridge Spark and incorporating the Edward Jenner Programme, the NHS Data Citizen Apprenticeship builds data literacy and essential leadership skills across the NHS at scale. Learn about the value of data and become proficient at tools including Excel and Power BI.

Enrolment deadline: 15th January 2023

Example uses:

Optimising staffing shifts by analysing remaining holiday entitlement

Identifying staff training gaps based on training completion records

Reporting live performance against National KPIs by creating real-time dashboards for ongoing tracking

 

Delivery:

Flexible e-learning combined with live, instructor-led training

Incorporates the Edward Jenner Leadership Programme from the NHS Leadership Academy 

24/7 support with EDUKATE.AI®, expert faculty, a dedicated data mentor and a learner success coach

 

Suitable For:

Anyone who wants to future-proof their skills and understand the value of data

Anyone who could benefit from improving their data skills in Excel

Prerequisites:

GCSEs (or equiv.) at Grade B in one STEM subject; maths desirable 

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Optional Microsoft Certification:

The apprenticeship covers the syllabus for the following exam:

DA-100 - Analysing Data with Microsoft Power BI

"We are delighted to be delivering unique programmes to equip NHS employees with the data skills they need to reshape health and social care."

Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, CEO, Cambridge Spark

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Accelerated learning on EDUKATE.AI

Apprentices will submit assignments on EDUKATE.AI®, Cambridge Spark’s patented AI-powered learning and development platform built for AI and data science education.

Real-life applications - Assignments apply skills to real-world problems, simulating a data science environment in a range of sectors 

Instant feedback on code - Learners submit code and receive feedback instantly, helping them develop their skills and improve the quality of their code without waiting for a tutor.

Fully personalised - Learners receive personalised exercises and reading recommendations based on the code they submit

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The Experiential Learning Process

We apply an approach of blended experiential learning. Through a mix of interactive, instructor-led workshops and hands-on practice with personalised feedback and recommendations, learners enjoy the optimum balance between theoretical and practical learning (70% hands-on / 30% theoretical). This enables learners to achieve a much steeper learning curve and apply their skills and knowledge in practice, guaranteeing ROI for their team and organisation. 

Learning

Interactive Workshops

Experimentation

Practice on EDUKATE.AI®

Application

Work-based Projects

Unparalleled Learning Support

Cambridge Spark deliver a unique learner support model, designed for AI and data science education. The support of the Cambridge Spark faculty, EDUKATE.AI, the data mentor and the learner success coach maximise the success of every apprentice. 

Cambridge Spark Faculty

Apprentices will be taught by Cambridge Spark's faculty of teaching fellows. The faculty are composed of specialists from across academia and industry, ensuring apprentices stay at the cutting-edge of AI and data science.

EDUKATE.AI

Apprentices receive continuous feedback on their code whilst completing assignments, with personalised learning recommendations to accelerate their skills development.

Data Mentor

While developing their portfolio of work-based projects, the apprentice will be supported by a dedicated Cambridge Spark data mentor who helps bridge the gap between learning and return on investment.

Learner Success Coach

Each learner will has a dedicated learner success coach who supports the apprentice on their career and personal development throughout the programme.

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