Project informs approach to improve treatment pathways, therapeutic outcomes and patient experience.

KTP Associate: Jack Tallant

Company: Ace Centre

University: Manchester Metropolitan University

The Project: Ace Centre is a charitable organisation established in 2000 providing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) services to children and adults with complex communication, physical and learning disabilities. 

The KTP aimed to embed advanced data analytics and visualisation techniques to inform strategy and business performance management, and expand and develop existing and new income streams. The data analytics will also inform the Ace Centre’s (AC) service delivery approach to improve treatment pathways, therapeutic outcomes and patient experience. 

About the KTP Associate, Jack Tallant. Amongst his achievements are:

  • Design and implementation of advanced data visualisation systems to gain in-depth insight and perspective of AC data. This has allowed the charity to confidently report to the NHS and demonstrate that their service delivery model is value for money and saves public funds.
  • New reporting methods showcased to NHSE and relevant commissioners — very well received and AC now regarded as leaders in healthcare data analytics. 
  • There is potential for these systems to be adopted by similar organisations across England, which would enable NHSE to collect national data to inform future service provision in the AAC field. 
  • Jack quickly became proficient with Power BI, SQL, data visualisation techniques, statistical modelling and general data management and applied these to a wide range of data from different systems within the organisation, to give a consistent, efficient & accessible method of reporting across a range of business functions.
  • Introduced major upgrades to equipment and database, using strong leadership and change management to introduce them.
  • Opened up new opportunities for cross-organisation improvements, saving the charity time and supported the workforce in becoming more efficient and analytically minded. 
  • At the forefront of introducing new software for data visualisation and self-service analytics in healthcare. This data revolution has enabled the Ace Centre to demonstrate the positive impacts of the service which can be used to get more backing for the charity, have a wider reach nationally, and get more funding for its specialist activity. 
  • These new systems have also supported Ace Centre’s bids for more contracts and diversified activities that will expand the Charity’s reach and meet the needs of more AAC users.

Winners of this category will be announced in advance of the KTP Virtual Awards Ceremony which is at 4-5pm on Wednesday 9 September. Join us in our virtual world to celebrate all the winners – register here.

See below for a profile of each of the 18 finalists in the Future Innovator category of this year’s KTP Best of the Best Awards:

Muddasar Anwar  Delivering innovation for Sustainable Drainage System to prevent flooding.

Blessing Mbipom Creating online learning for GPs.

Laurence Foster: Innovations to “print” structures, transforming house building.

Declan Bryans: Creating greener energy with innovations in flow batteries.

Elle Perschke: Applying B2C methodologies to launch a new product within a B2B company.

Mark Gilmore: Development of new class of greener ionic liquid, with multiple potential applications.

Khai Nguyen: Inventing a new silicone composite for consumer fixing brand, Sugru.

Swapnil Khadke: Creating new liposome formulations for application in drug delivery

Leona McGirr: Creating an Antibody Library for fully human antibodies.

Dan Hicks: Developing a new design and testing process for electric trails bikes.

Dmitry Bogachov: Advancing Materials Science for Anilox technology.

Andrew Grounds: Transforming business models for Social Enterprise.

Lyndsey McKirdy: Enhancing data science capability at Aggreko.

Jack Tallant: Transforming reporting and delivery of Charity’s activities.

Xi Liu: Using AI to develop fraud detection and prevention services for law firm.

Alex Komninos: Transforming spreadsheets in to cognitive models at IBM

Harvey Kangley: Delivering exceptional NPD for rail electrification

George Harris: Developing advanced engineering for intruder detection systems.

The Future Innovator category of the KTP Awards is supported by Ashorne Hill – a specialist training company which runs training programmes for all KTP Associates.

Want to find out more about working as a KTP Associate? More information here, and see the latest vacancies here.




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