10 November 2021

Meet Rayne: Making a Difference to Healthcare

At the Health Economics Unit (HEU) we are proud of our passionate team of experts, who have an incredible range of skills and experience. But we know that our people are so much more than just a list of qualifications and publications, and that’s why we’d love you to get to know them a little more. So why not take a moment to read this blog post, written by on of our fantastic analysts, Rayne Wang, and find out what drives her to work with us at the HEU?

I am Rayne. Three years ago, I got out of my full-time mum life and started to work in NHS. I started as an informatics officer, then a data analyst and now I am a data engineer; although I am not a front liner worker, I know every piece of my work is helping our healthcare system get better. I have always been proud of my job, and I love it not only because I like to use my technical skills to do data analysis, but also because dealing with healthcare data makes me feel that I am helping people.

I helped with a Covid dashboard, and provided Covid datasets to clinicians during the pandemic, which helped clinicians to make decisions to provide better care for the patients. I am doing a meaningful job and I always get a sense of achievement from my job. I always aim to provide the best quality of data and analysis to help to improve the service of NHS and working as part of the Health Economic Unit’s expert team lets me do this.

I was born in China, and six years ago I moved to the UK. Before I came to the UK, I had lived in mainland China, South Korea and Hong Kong. I experienced different healthcare systems in these places; the NHS is different from all of them. It might not be the best healthcare system but it must be the most people-oriented healthcare system. I got pregnant after I moved to the UK, and through this I had my first experience of the NHS as a patient. I could get free prescriptions and have free dental service because of pregnancy. The midwives were very nice and they referred me to the hospital to do a blood test or scan when they had concerns about my blood glucose or my baby size. The ambulance came to take me to the hospital straight away when I was in pain on the day my baby was due. The midwife gave me professional support when I was giving birth.

Everything I experienced during my pregnancy was more than a simple professional service – it was kind and supportive, and I am extremely grateful to the NHS for all the care me and my little girl received.

In October 2021, I joined the Health Economics Unit of Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. I am very grateful to be able join this passionate team; Every one of my colleagues is a true expert in their field, and our collaborative approach, bringing the latest outstanding techniques to our work, means that we work on a variety of interesting and insightful projects. We are making insightful dashboards for clinicians to using data to help monitor the health of patients, we are making economic models to help NHS to make better decisions, we are analysing health data to help clinicians make faster and more accurate diagnoses and provide more preventive measures. Everything we are doing is using our expertise with analysing and understanding data to produce insights and results which translate into better healthcare for patients.

I aim to continue to make an important contribution to healthcare and the NHS, and feel that I have found the best place to do build my career and do this. Although I am just one person and I might not have that much power to change much, I believe that with all of the efforts from our experts, through organisations like the HEU we can make a brighter future for the NHS.

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