Health and Social Care Talent Programme

Meet the Talent Team

Learn about the people driving the DDI HSC Talent programme forward.

The Talent Programme is delivered by a group of highly experienced and dedicated teaching and professional services staff. Continue reading to learn about our team, categorised by the primary programme they work on.

 

MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care

Michelle Evans Talent Lead and Programme Director Michelle is responsible for shaping the strategy and operational alignment of all Talent activities, including all undergraduate, postgraduate and professional teaching. 
Nazir Lone Clinical Lead and Deputy Programme Director Nazir has extensive research and teaching experience in data science applied to clinical settings, epidemiology and health services research. He is a Reader of Critical Care and an Honorary Consultant in Critical Care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 
Brittany Blankinship Lecturer in Data Science  Brittany leads the delivery and coordination of data science teaching for our online MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care programme. 
Laura Miller  Programme Administrator  Laura provides administrative support for our online MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care programme. 

MSc Leading Digital Transformation for Health and Social Care 

Elaine Mowat  Programme Manager  Elaine manages the delivery of the Leading Digital Transformation for Health and Care programme, in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Government. 
Natalia Kapralova  Lecturer Natalia teaches on the Leading Digital Transformation for Health and Care programme, in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Government. 
Matt Newlands  Administrator  Matt provides administrative support for our Leading Digital Transformation for Health and Care programme, in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Government. 

MSc Epidemiology

Sophie Marion de Proce  Statistics Teaching Fellow  Sophie leads the delivery and co-ordination of statistics teaching for our online MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care and MSc Epidemiology programmes. 

Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) & Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)

Kasia Banas  Undergraduate Talent Lead and Programme Director  Kasia directs the design, development and delivery of our new intercalated BMedSci in Data Science for Health Care, and focuses on data science enhancement of the MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) at all stages. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Sharon Levy  CPD Lead  Sharon leads and co-ordinates the design, development and operational delivery of our CPD courses. He works in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, establishing and strengthening key partnerships in the Health and Social Care services sector. 
Karolina Bajbuz  CPD Programme Administrator  Karolina provides administrative support for our online CPD and PPD (Postgraduate Professional Development) portfolio. 
Kerry Cannon  Lecturer  Kerry joins us on secondment from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and teaches on our CPD and PPD courses. 
Yuhao Sun  Teaching Assistant  Yuhao is a teaching assistant for various courses delivered by the DDI HSC Talent team. 
Damilare Omidiji  Teaching Assistant  Damilare is a teaching assistant for various courses delivered by the DDI HSC Talent team. 

Marketing, Communications and Design

Prema Howard / Louisa Newbigging Marketing and Recruitment Lead

Prema leads the Marketing activity for all postgraduate taught programmes at the Usher Institute. This role is currently being covered by Louisa Newbigging.

Kitty Flynn Communications, Marketing and Engagement Officer Kitty plans and implements Marketing activity for our CPD programme, and Communications activity for the Talent programme. 
Mavis Frempong  Learning Designer  Mavis contributes to the development and delivery of high-quality online CPD, PPD and MSc courses using innovative, pedagogically sound and visually engaging learning technology.