IT, pubs, tweets and hidden talents
13 September 2013

I have managed IT projects for most of my career, but it’s only over the last few years that I’ve realised how transferrable the skills are.

In 2010 I managed the public information campaign to support the introduction of Summary Care Records, which was a brilliant opportunity to learn about communication and engagement, especially with seldom heard groups.

With the outbreak of swine flu I managed the vaccination programme which enabled me to work closely with public health, transport and logistics.

At the moment, I am leading on the deployment of risk stratification tools to 13 of the 15 CCGs across West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which has provided me with a great opportunity to work across a much wider geographical patch, and with a range of staff in the CSU.

Outside work, I am currently project managing a community purchase of the village pub, which includes taking on the local post office. This is being done through a team of volunteers from the village, who between them have an amazing range of skills. We often feel it is a real-life version of The Apprentice as we work out how to cope with each new challenge!

Raising over £180,000 in a few weeks is the result of a communications campaign that has really opened my eyes to the power of social media. I am just getting to grips with the power of LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs and am now keen to encourage my colleagues to also get on board. 

So skills learned at work have been put to good use outside work and visa versa. I wonder what hidden talents our staff have that we can make better use of?

Sally Soady
Head of business system support services

West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit

West Yorkshire office:
Douglas Mill
Bowling Old Lane
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD5 7JR

Tel: 0845 1115000

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw office:
722 Prince of Wales Road
Darnall
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S9 4EU

Tel: 0114 3051000

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