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NHS Chief Data and Analytics officer recognised as Covid Unsung Hero

NHS Chief Data and Analytics officer recognised as Covid Unsung Hero

The Leicester-based NHS Chief Data and Analytics officer was last night announced as the winner of a WISE Covid Unsung Heroes award in a ceremony held at Windsor Castle and presented by The Princess Royal.

Ming Tang, Interim Chief Data and Analytics Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement, was awarded the IQVIA Data Solution Award in recognition of her creation of the Covid Data Store, a world-class technological intervention which predicted supply and demand in the NHS at different times of the pandemic.

Organised by leading community interest company WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), of whom The Princess Royal is a long-standing patron, the awards shine a light on women whose actions and brilliance have helped improve lives and communities during the pandemic, but who may have – until now – received little recognition.

Celebrating a variety of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) roles, backgrounds and industries, the awards included high-level endorsement from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and were judged by leading industry voices, including Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England and Senior Responsible Officer for NHS Genomics, and Ricky Martin, member of the Royal Society for Chemistry and winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice.

The Covid Data Store enabled the establishment of an ‘on the ground truth’ across the NHS, which ensured that critical care staff, PPE and medications were being placed in the right locations at the right times. Using the power of AI to fill a COVID supply chain abyss, Ming’s work brought together multiple diverse stakeholders to create a unified national team at a time of crisis.

Other winners of the awards included:

  • Dr Amy Thomas, Tech Award Winner (sponsored by Pfizer)
  • Dr Anna Young, New Educator Award (sponsored by PA Consulting)
  • Tolulope Oke, Inclusion and Diversity Award Winner (sponsored by Hyper Recruitment Solutions)
  • Susan McDonald, Community Champion Award Winner (sponsored by the NHS)
  • Fiona Bennington, Responsive Hero Award Winner (sponsored by AWE)

Commenting on the awards, Kay Hussain, Chief Executive of WISE, said:

“It has been an honour and a privilege to witness the work of these amazing women over the last two years. Each nominee has a made a superb contribution during the pandemic and we truly wish that we could have celebrated them all as winners.

“Since being appointed CEO of WISE in the height of the pandemic, I have been so impressed by the tenacity, excellence and vision demonstrated by so many women in STEM, and none more so, than those recognised last night. We want to personally thank each of them for contributions they have made to our society.”

Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England and Lead Ambassador at WISE, commented:

“These women have made an astounding impact during the pandemic, going above and beyond to help keep our population and communities safe during a truly challenging time.

“As an ambassador for WISE, I am continuously amazed at the achievements of the women we represent, and hope that these awards will go some small way in demonstrating our gratitude for their efforts.”

Sponsors for the awards included the NHS, PA Consulting, Pfizer, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, IQVIA and AWE.

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