About the role

Where you make a difference

As a Senior Data Access Manager you will be part of the Data Release function for the National Disease Registration Service (NDRS). Data held by NDRS is used to support many national and local activities spanning healthcare, public health, commissioning, patient care, epidemiology and research. As a Senior Data Access Manager, you will support the release of explicitly or potentially identifiable information from NDRS and be responsible for scrutinising applications for data.  The Data Release team ensures that all releases are conducted in accordance with the rights of data subject, the legislative framework including the principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 and the seven Caldicott Principles.

NDRS teams manage the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) and the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS).  For these population registration services we collect and quality-assure data from every patient in England diagnosed with these registerable conditions.  Our analysis teams provide expert analysis and interpretation of the data we collect, often working in partnership with academic and third-sector colleagues. 

What's in it for you 

  • A role as part of a dynamic team using data and digital technology to transform health and care.
  • A range of opportunities to build your experience in an environment where your work has a direct and positive impact.
  • A real commitment to your personal and professional development with access to a broad range of learning opportunities.

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.  

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Don't worry if you don’t meet all the criteria we’ve suggested – knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply. 

More about the role

  • Support the delivery of day-to-day activities of the NDRS Data Release team by ensuring that project information systems are kept up to date and are in accordance to the relevant project management standards.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and those requesting data to fully understand the requirements and offer advise as is relevant to the data release systems and processes.
  • Evaluate research requests to ensure data items requested are consistent with the proposal aims and objectives.
  • Assess data requests and research proposals requirements against Caldicott and Data Protection Principles to ensure a consistent approach to data release.
  •  Monitor the progress of Data Release projects and the overall work programme.

About you

More about you

As a Senior Data Access Manager, you will be required to lead the management and development of key programs and services within the Data Release team.

Some of the skills and experience we're looking for:

  • Experience of working in health research, data release or associated programmes.
  • Sound knowledge of information governance principles and practices and the ability to evaluate and assess the impacts of risks, monitor and manage those risks.

  • Effective communication with a variety of stakeholders influencing the agenda to bring them in line with the project aims.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, to prioritise effectively with the tenacity to work under pressure whilst meeting conflicting deadlines.
  • Support the development and implementation of learning events and networks to enhance knowledge and skills amongst relevant stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the NHS, local and national government cultures, structures and policies.

About us

Remote interviews will take place in using Microsoft Teams week commencing 13th December. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email. To view further information please see the attached role profile and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job’ below.

Please ensure your supporting statement includes demonstrable evidence and specific examples on how you meet the criteria for each of the key skills specified above. This will be used in both the shortlisting and interview processes.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital’s career site.

When uploading your supporting statement, please remove any personal details to allow for your application to be reviewed anonymously.

This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We only ask applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent / unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Following an offer of employment, we will carry out a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the pre-employment check process.

This employment, with the exception of terms relating to pay, pay awards, job description and job evaluation, will be offered in accordance with the terms and conditions set out under the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service, which is available at:


Terms relating to pay, pay awards, job descriptions and job evaluation will be set out in the contract. Details pertaining to these elements in the contract will overwrite details on these topics in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service, unless otherwise stated in the contract.  

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