Jake Parker is currently studying Maths with Finance at the University of Plymouth. Alongside his degree, he regularly participates in Digdata virtual experiences.

These experiences are problems set by companies to foster industrial awareness in their participants. As Jake has been able to work on real world datasets, he is eager and able to bring these analytical skills to his new role in healthcare.

Jake says:

“I felt incredibly lucky when I was offered the unique chance to provide crucial data insights to researchers working at NHS MFT in partnership with the University of Manchester.

A multitude of my skills, that I owe to both part-time work and academic dedication, culminated in a successful first day on-site when I was introduced to my colleagues and the project I’ll be working on for the next 8-weeks.

Since choosing my GCSE’s, I envisioned a career that combines my passions and aptitude for Mathematics and I’m proud to have conquered an immeasurable amount of adversity to secure my first role that achieves just that. I’m inspired by the people in my life and I’ll never stop fighting for the career I want to pursue.” I want.”

Jake says he is excited to join a fast-paced, innovative department such as MFT Critical Care Research and Innovation. Within the role, he intends to improve his skills in R and Python and develop his technical knowledge and application of skills utilising the facilities and familiarising himself with a state-of-the-art data lab.

He adds that he is passionate about the technological revolution taking place currently as industries are beginning to realise the power of data and he is committed to lifelong learning in order to grow his career in the field of big data. He continues that he feels lucky to be central to this shift as his new role is concerned with optimising the way patients are cared for, which can improve their healthcare and ultimately their quality of life.

Jake is passionate about contributing to this mission in a meaningful way to support his career and future development as a digital innovator and problem solver.

Project: ICU patient vital signs waveform data with Drs Anthony Wilson and Alex Parker at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

The critical care data science team at Manchester Royal Infirmary, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Manchester, have developed software to extract continuous vital signs waveforms from patients monitored in our 52 bed ICU. Currently the data is stored in raw format (pairs of amplitude time measurements) but this project would seek to clean and analyse this data. The first stage would be to reconstruct ECG and/or arterial blood pressure waveforms from the raw data. The second stage would be to classify intervals of waveforms as “valid” or “invalid” using established criterion. The third stage would be to derive numeric values such as heart rate and blood pressure from this data.