Meet Environmental Data Assistant 34-year-old Vicki Batley. When Vicki was made redundant last year, she joined NWAS in August as a health advisor at NHS 111, after seeing the environmental data apprenticeship role advertised, she applied and as they say the rest is history!
Hi Vicki, welcome to Team NWAS! Tell us about what your new role and how it will help NWAS and our patients.
“Data is central to the work that the Sustainability Team does, it enables us to make decisions and secure funding for projects and initiatives that not only help to reduce our financial footprint but also our carbon footprint and environmental impacts. In reducing our carbon footprint, we minimise our contribution to climate change and drive forward the NHS vision of becoming the first ‘*net zero’ healthcare service in the world.”
“For our patients this translates to a generally healthier community to live in with improvements in air quality and the stabilisation of average global temperatures. This is important as research has shown that even minor increases in temperature and poor air quality can lead to a rise in ill health and hospitalisations, particularly in relation to respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and strokes.”
Vicki has 11 years’ experience of working with data and investigating insurance fraud for a multinational electrical and telecommunications retailer and service company. She has recently achieved her Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies and is looking forward to developing her understanding of sustainability within NWAS.
Vicki continues: “The apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable, experienced team who have a clear vision in becoming world leaders in reducing our contribution to climate change all while gaining a qualification.”
*Net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Net zero is reached when the amount added is no more than the amount taken away.