NHS-R Workshop: GitHub Actions 101 – Test, Build, and Deploy – 22nd November 2023

GitHub Actions 101 – Test, Build, and Deploy

  • Wednesday 22nd November 2023 with Joseph Wilson and Harriet Sands
  • 9:30am until 1:00pm (UK time)

Course Description:

Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of creating basic actions, such as running tests, executing shell commands, and performing GitHub tasks. To facilitate this, they will be given access to a GitHub repository that they can create a fork of and complete practical exercises to apply their knowledge and reinforce their understanding of the concepts taught.

The course aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of GitHub Actions and equip them with the skills to leverage its potential. It will cover:

  • GitHub Actions Basics: core concepts and essential terminology for GitHub Actions, including the YAML syntax for defining workflows.
  • How to leverage pre-built actions and workflows form the GitHub Marketplace.
  • How to use secrets to manage sensitive information securely.
  • How to structure workflows to manage when they will be triggered, what jobs will execute, and how they can optimise their workflows efficiency.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills and confidence to implement GitHub Actions in their own projects, automating routine tasks and streamlining their development workflows. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate user, this workshop offers valuable insights and practical guidance to help you unlock the full potential of GitHub Actions.

Please be advised that access to a GitHub account will be required for this workshop, as well as a basic understanding of how to use Git and GitHub.


Please register via the Sign up link in the right panel.
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You will receive a confirmation email, further workshop information including the calendar invite with the Zoom link to join the workshop will be sent out to you nearer the date.

Please note: This course is limited to NHS employees and those who work in UK public sector organisations such as PHE, local councils and DHSC.

For further information, please contact: nhs.rcommunity@nhs.net

Event Speakers

Joseph Wilson

Senior Data Scientist with NHS England

Joined NHS England (formally Digital) in 2021 as a Graduate Trainee after completing a Masters in Data Science. Initially I worked on NHS Spine before joining the Data Science Team with the BI Visualisation squad. In October 2022, I stayed in the Data Science Team joining the RAP Squad, where we work with teams within the NHS to learn and utilise RAP techniques and best practices (RAP Community of Practice: https://nhsdigital.github.io/rap-community-of-practice/). In September 2023, I completed the Graduate Scheme and was promoted to a fully-fledged Senior Data Scientist, where I continue to write, talk, and code Reproducible Analytical Pipelines.

Harriet Sands

Senior Data Scientist with NHS England

Harriet is a Senior Data Scientist with a broad set of experiences across the public sector as well as commercial settings. Her career highlights include modelling ambulance dependency for the city of Memphis, developing real-time economic indicators for the ONS and helping to establish the data science function of HM Treasury.

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November 22, 2023

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9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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