Growing up in the 90s, technology was not as extensive in schools as it is today. My initial work in computing was the art of touch typing.
My career began in Biomedical Science, leading me to the role of Pathology IT manager in the NHS. Over the course of three years in the lab, I found myself increasingly immersed in tasks like configuring Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and crafting logic rules.
After this period, I progressed from Pathology IT manager to become the NHS Trust’s Integration Lead for Blackpool, overseeing the seamless integration of various healthcare systems. This experience positioned me for an even greater role, ultimately leading me to serve as the System Architect for the Nexus platform. This experience paved the way for the role of System Architect for the Nexus platform.
Q2: Can you share a memorable project or coding challenge you’ve worked on?
I’ve taken on a range of challenging projects, from intricate MIG integration in shared care records to spearheading the development of the flagship Nexus patient record at BTH. One of my most notable achievements was the creation of a clinical portal for Blackpool in 2012. This system enabled staff to effortlessly access information from multiple sources, streamlining operations and enhancing patient care.
Read more about the project: Blackpool Case Study – CliniSys (yumpu.com)
Q3: What coding languages or technologies are you passionate about?
At the moment, my favourite stack is Angular (16) and Dot Net Core with a MS-sql database backend.
Q4: How do you stay updated with the latest developments in coding and technology?
I make sure to stay current by following trusted YouTube channels like (youtube.com/@Fireship), reading coding blogs (Code Maze – C#, .NET and Web Development Tutorials (code-maze.com)), and keeping an eye on influential Twitter accounts like (example). I also take advantage of Udemy courses, especially during promotions.
In my free time, I’m often engrossed in coding projects and learning new techniques, which is why you’ll often find me working late into the evening. This passion not only makes work more enjoyable but also leads to significant strides in skill development. Finding that balance between learning and hands-on application is key to mastering this field.
Q5: What advice would you give to aspiring coders looking to join the field?
Choosing a career you’re passionate about is crucial, given the significant time we invest in our work. I’ve found this to be true in my own journey. For aspiring coders, having a natural affinity for coding is a great start. However, remember to cultivate soft skills like problem-solving and effective communication. Stay curious, be willing to try new approaches, and never stop learning. Your enthusiasm and dedication will drive your success in this dynamic field.