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Graduate Profile: Matthew Meader @ NWIS

Q. What is your Name? Matthew Rhys Meader.

Q. What University course/s did you study? BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Systems (1st Class)

Q. What is your job title and role? As a Senior Software Developer, it is my role to engage in all phases of the software development lifecycle that include the analysis, design, development and support of nationally used clinical systems used within NHS Wales. It is also my role to mentor new staff with less clinical and technical knowledge and expertise.

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? I work for the National Welsh Informatics Service (NWIS); we supply over seventy software services to users across NHS Wales and to other parts of the United Kingdom. We support doctors, nurses and other clinical professionals, helping them provide specialist care to patients in hospitals, GP practices and across the community.
My team in particular are responsible for updating, maintaining and creating new modules for the National Welsh Patient Administration System (WPAS). This system records details of patient’s hospital visits, including waiting list management, medical records, inpatient treatment, outpatient appointments and emergency visits.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? The most prevalent skill I gained whilst at University was the ability to write clean code and learn new languages as and when required. Other skills I learned that were helpful include:
• Project Management.
• Software Development Methodologies (Agile etc…)
• Usability Engineering & UX Design.
• Web Design.
• JavaScript, JQuery, JSON, Web Services (REST/SOAP), CSS/LESS.
• SQL.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? My typical day usually starts at 0800 with me planning the day ahead by checking emails and the Team Foundation Server (TFS) to ensure that all work tasks are on schedule and prioritised correctly. We hold daily SCRUM meetings to divide workloads amongst the team and to effectively help those struggling on certain tasks. Throughout the day, the team (Including myself) work on agreed tasks, but sometimes we have to fix bugs identified by users. This usually comes through from the helpdesk, though we do have to call users to gain an insight into the bug before creating a fix. Once a fix is completed and checked into Source Control, tests are conducted against the Systems Requirements Specification (SRS) document as well as a pre-defined Test Plan that the developer creates at the start of each task. The job at times can be unpredictable and requires focus and efficiency.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy problem solving, especially when it takes a long time to solve and it gives me great joy when a piece of work that I have developed is released LIVE with the knowledge that it is being used in hospitals across Wales.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? If you wish to start a career straight from University, then I suggest looking for jobs half way through your third year, this will give you scope as to what is out there. Also, look out for Graduate schemes in workplaces, these will give you the experience you need and can help you progress in that organisation. Also to Quote Vincent, van Gogh:

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

Think about this as you start each assignment and think what grade you wish to achieve at the end goal ‘Graduation’. Also, remember to ask questions.

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University?

“Teachers/Lecturers open doors, but you must walk through them yourself. “

I loved my time at university; it gave me perspective into my capabilities and motivated me more than I ever was in school. The lecturers were extremely helpful and I urge students to talk to them whenever they can.

For more information about Computing courses and opportunities at UWTSD please click here.

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Job Opportunities @ The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

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The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) is looking for up to 10 Software Developers to start this summer: We are looking for graduates who can participate in a technical boot camp and be job ready in 6 weeks.
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This is an exciting opportunity to begin your career working for NWIS. Recruits will join a boot camp to fast track into technical teams, the camp will focus on ASP.NET MVC and Windows Forms programming however the on-going training and support will allow developers to move into any team after the training period. Typical roles are Software Developer, Senior Software Developers, Business Analysts or into project management
The first cohort will join in the summer of 2016 initially recruits will be on the NHS Band 4 (£19,217 to £22,458) and will progress automatically onto Band 5 (£21,909 to £28,462) after the training period.
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The University has entered into a strategic alliance with NWIS and we have jointly set up ‘The Wales Informatics Institute’. Resulting from this alliance The School of Applied Computing (SOAC) students are being given the first opportunity to apply for these highly valued positions so please get your applications in quickly! Closing date is May 13th 2016.
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To apply for these positions please send a CV and covering letter stating why you would like to work for NWIS to Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce & Organisational Development: wendy.dearing@wales.nhs.uk.

Guest Speaker: Edd Turtle in a Startup Culture

Edd Turtle

Edd Turtle, a graduate from University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Software Engineering, recently gave a presentation about ‘Web & Software Development in a Startup Culture’. The presentation spoke about both the software principles used in industry and opportunities for any students looking to start their own company.

Edd is the lead developer at a local startup company called Hoowla, which is an online conveyancing solution helping buyers, sellers and their solicitors to collaborate on cases together. The first part of the presentation focused on how cloud computing is used within Hoowla and other companies to maintain it’s online stability and scalability.

The latter half of the presentation focused primarily on the opportunities available to students in the local area, highlighting that there are technology companies (and jobs) in South Wales.

The School would like to thank Edd for returning to the School of Applied Computing to share his experience and knowledge with our current students, and we look forward to future collaborations.

Graduate Opportunities in Wales: IT Management & Software Development

prosper_logoProsper Recruitment are currently seeking Graduates and Postgraduates for exciting job opportunities in the field of Software Development:

Software Developer (Ref. 3110) : Gwent

> Permanent  £30-£33K
Our client is a leader in the manufacture and supply of high quality products for the financial and retail sectors. They currently have an opportunity for an experienced Software Engineer to join their team as soon as possible

Main Duties

  • To design, support and maintain the company’s software products and applications
  • Assist internal and external customers to derive appropriate software specifications for products.
  • Manage and develop new software projects through the entire development lifecycle.
  • Design, develop and validate software changes in compliance with approved procedures and within agreed timescales.
  • Manage temporary or contract personnel on PC-software projects.
  • Provide advice, support and training on software use to staff and customers.

Candidate Requirements

  • A relevant degree or equivalent with proven programming experience
  • Experience of C# and .NET framework and JAVA on a Windows platform.
  • Familiar with ASP, AJAX, CSS
  • Experience of RS232 and USB communications protocols
  • Experience of Microsoft SQL databases.
  • Knowledge of embedded C would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Excellent analytical, numeric and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team player, flexible and customer-focused

Software Developer (Ref. 3109) : Swansea

> Permanent
Our client operates on a worldwide basis delivering the best Control of Work software tools and support services to the largest multinational oil, gas and chemicals companies in the world. They are seeking a talented individual to enhance their development team.

Main Duties

  • To support the company’s specialist software
  • Work with the development team at all stages of the development lifecycle
  • To research and take advantage of the latest technologies and advances

Candidate Requirements

  • Good degree in Computing or IT related subject
  • Proven experience of all stages of IT Product Design
  • Experience of using ASP.NET, .Net Framework, C# and SQL is required
  • It would be useful if you have knowledge in any of the following: HTML / CSS, JavaScript, MSSQL / Oracle, XML, Visual Studio
  • Excellent awareness of the latest technologies
  • Excellent communication skills with a good standard of written and spoken English
  • Self motivated team worker able to work unsupervised to tight deadlines
  • To be able to travel as there may be opportunities with this role

IT Manager (Ref. 2674) : South West Wales

> Permanent : Circa £35K
Our clients are established and highly successful medium sized coming offering services to manufacturing companies throughout the UK. The company are currently seeking to recruit an experienced IT Manager to play a key role in maintaining and developing their networked systems to support the business

Main Duties

  • Lead IT operational and strategic planning to suit business strategy
  • Benchmark, analyze, report on, and make recommendations for the improvement and growth of the IT infrastructure
  • Manage financial aspects of all IT, including purchasing and budgets
  • Develop and implement all IT policies and procedures, including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing
  • Manage the deployment, integration, monitoring, maintenance, development, upgrade, and support of all IT systems, including network servers, company website, telephone systems, PCs, operating systems, hardware, software applications, technical support
  • Manage small IT team including recruitment, supervision and development
  • Maintain, monitor, update and improve company website

Candidate Requirements

  • Strong technical knowledge of PC operating systems, networking, website and communication technologies and protocols
  • Strong technical knowledge of current network hardware, architecture design, and standards
  • Experience with Sage and SQL server database management systems
  • Ideally you will have experience in web / software development programmes
  • Proven experience in IT infrastructure planning and development
  • Ability to manage Managing Multi sites
  • You will have strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ideally understanding of human resource management principles, practices, and procedures

Take a look at our current vacancies at: www.prosperec.co.uk and register today by emailing your CV to info@prosperec.co.uk.

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