The UK National Institute for Health Data


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From Friday 1 November, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is accepting applications from interns and host organizations for its Black Internship Program in Health Data Science for 2023.

The scheme, run in partnership with the UK Health Data Research Alliance and 10,000 black trainees, helps tackle the under-representation of black people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing opportunities to work on health data science projects. with some of the UK’s leading health, research and academic organisations.

The UK urgently needs new health data scientists in this growing field which has the potential to transform the future of health and care for all. A report commissioned by the Royal Society indicates that for the years 2007/08 to 2018/19, only 3.5% of black STEM academic staff held a faculty position, compared to 6.6% of Asian staff and 11.9 % of white staff.

This program, shortlisted for CorpsComms magazine’s Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative awards on November 17, is just one of HDR UK’s programs that supports our belief that the science of health data must be as effective as possible in serving and reflecting the needs of the whole of the UK population. .

HDR UK’s internship program provides interns with hands-on experience, using real-world data and host organizations with motivated students and graduates ready to put their skills to use.

Shaun Cochrane, deputy director of operations for the biomedical research center at St Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It was fantastic to welcome the interns to our institution. Their experience included working with world-class research teams such as King’s College London. They also learned coding and programming using of Python, as well as analyzing health data using NumPy and Pandas.”

Sarah Cadman, Director of Talent and Training at Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) said:

“Following the success of last year’s program where 100% of attendees said they would recommend the program, we are excited to welcome interest from interns and host organizations for 2023! It’s incredibly exciting to again support the next generation of scientific health data.”

Organizations interested in finding out how to become a host can register for a webinar that will take place on Tuesday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m.

To register their interest in the program, potential host organizations simply need to complete a 2-minute pledge form by January 16, 2023.

Interns should read the information for applicants before completing an application form by January 9, 2023.

HDR UK’s Black Internship Program is for black people who are studying an undergraduate degree or who have recently graduated from a UK university.

The internship will last 8 weeks from Monday July 3 to Friday August 25, 2023.

About Health Data Research in the UK

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national institute for health data science. HDR UK’s mission is to unite UK health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. HDR UK is funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and its equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.


Note to Editors

For further information please contact Clare Leahy Communications Lead at HDR UK on [email protected] or 07748016062

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