NHSBSA Celebrates International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day celebrates gender balance and Nina Monckton the Chief Insight (Data) Officer from Newcastle-based NHSBSA, talks about her experience working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) where women are typically underrepresented.

From student placements at the start of their careers to senior management, women at NHSBSA are celebrating this year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’.

The campaign aims to build a gender balanced world, including gender balance among employees and in the boardroom.

Nina, who won the Transformation Leader of the Year Award at the Women in IT Awards recently, said: “The NHS is a good employer for working parents. I have four children and found the maternity leave and pay to be generous in comparison to private sector. NHSBSA provides flexible working and childcare vouchers which has helped me with my work life balance.

“On the rare occasions where I’ve felt that I’ve faced barriers as a woman it has been from  individuals rather than organisations; people do sometimes make assumptions about working mothers, such as reduced levels of commitment to work, which of course is not right.”

“The technology sector is renowned for being male dominated and it’s evident when I attend conferences and training. It is rare that more than one or two women will be speaking at technology conferences. Technology has an increasing role in what we do in daily life. Women are at a disadvantage in competing for these increasing technology roles by not studying STEM subjects. I wonder, are we making the future employability case clearly enough to girls?”

“Even the terminology and language used in IT is very male orientated, for example the term ‘scrum master’, hardly a welcoming invitation for women applicants. It’s a shame as it would be good to have more females in the recruitment pool in Britain but by only appealing to males, posts are being restricted.”

Abigail is on placement at NHSBSA as a content designer from university. She said: “I would definitely think about working here at NHSBSA in the future. I’ve gained a lot of experience and the people here are very supportive. It’s made me very interested in the role that I do.”  Her colleague Natasha, added: “Being on placement rather than going straight into a job role makes you more confident and it makes you feel like you have the skills to do a job.”

Nina said: “Hopefully, showcasing women doing great work in this sector will inspire more girls to study STEM subjects and encourage women already in IT to pursue leadership roles.”

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Sahdia Hassen

Senior Media and Campaigns Officer

NHS Business Services Authority


Notes to editors

About the NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to be a catalyst for better health and its vision is to be the delivery partner of choice for the NHS.

For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Nina Monckton has worked at the NHSBSA since 2008, and in 2017 was appointed Chief Insight (Data) Officer. Nina led the development of the NHSBSA’s Data Analytics Lab which has identified over £1.2 billion of potential savings and the implementation of cloud analytics to deliver prescription information to over 3,500 NHS users across England.

About International Women’s Day

IWD has occurred for well over a century with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

The theme for IWD 2019 is’ balance for better’ and is about building a more gender-balanced world. For more information on this year’s campaign please visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/