About the role

We are currently recruiting 2x permanent Senior Technical Modellers and 1x Senior Technical Modeller on a 6 month Fixed Term Contract basis.

Interoperability is essential in healthcare, this depends on teamwork, communication and people who are passionate about Digital Health.  As a champion for unified interoperability, you will establish and support a robust approach to underpin and deliver sustainable Health and Care interoperability standards. Do you want to support this vital work and have the drive to make a difference?

You will ideally be engaged in digital health and looking to further influence and develop interoperability. If you’re a technical modeller; data architect, technical business analyst or a developer / engineer, looking to widen your experience and have the desire support the team and take the opportunity to lead team members to drive a coherent strategy and approach to interoperability standards architecture, then this role could be for you.

We are currently recruiting for two permanent Senior Technical Modellers (Interoperability Standards) and a further position to cover maternity (six months). These are exciting roles; influencing, delivering, and maintaining interoperability standards and tools to NHS and health and care organisations. The Interoperability Standards (IOPS) Team need to grow to meet the demands of an increasing portfolio and to deliver support as the ‘go to team for interoperability for the NHS.

This is a challenging and valuable role that plays a critical part in improving health outcomes for citizens. The role entails using and developing technical standards to ensure that health care systems interact and interoperate.

We are looking for experienced technical professionals who are keen to increase their leadership responsibilities and who can coach, manage, and inspire more junior team members. You will also need senior stakeholder engagement skills operating both internal and external to the NHS your communication, management and experience; this will be key to success.  

In this role senior team members work across the interoperability standards landscape delivering capability that is underpinned by four main pillars of work; the UK Core, Standards, API Management and delivery support to a diverse range of programmes These are not exclusive responsibilities, and you will be expected to provide mutual support across the whole team effort.

About the Team

This role will sit within the Interoperability Standards Team (IOPS) who are within the Clinical pillar of operation as part of the Platforms Directorate.  The team are a diverse and inclusive group of highly skilled people who are passionate about digitising healthcare.  Working as a senior team member, you will have the opportunity to shape and influence the team’s significant contribution to digital healthcare, interoperability, and champion the drive towards common standards.

As the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) experts within the NHS, the team promote a unified approach, working with the FHIR community, to create a UK FHIR Core that enables information flow, improving health and care outcomes for all citizens.  The IOPS Team is commissioned by NHSx and internal NHS D programmes to develop the advice, specifications and guidance that allow interoperable solutions to be implemented. Along with Core and Standards work, IOPS provide support to a wide range of programs across the Digital Health landscape.

The team has a strong collaborative and supportive team ethos.

As senior member of the Interoperability Standards Team and as a sub team lead you will:

  • Support the team’s Interoperability Standards Leads and the Head of Interoperability Standards
  • Mentor, coach and support junior team members to grow and evolve the sustainable development of the IOPS Team as NHS Digital’s ‘Go to’ team of interoperability specialists.
  • Engage and influence stakeholders across the Digital Health Landscape promoting interoperability and standards adoption
  • Initiate and improve processes for the development, review and release of interoperability standards and products
  • Work with senior stakeholders to elaborate requirements to produce workable interoperability solutions
  • Take an active role in internal and external workshops and hackathons to develop and promote interoperability standards
  •  Engage with the UK and International HL7 communities to support the development of technical standards

About you

  • Masters degree in a suitable technical, scientific or mathematical subject, or have demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Experience with Technical Data Standards and specialist knowledge gained through professional development activities undertaken in a range of multidisciplinary fields, including technology approaches and best practice.
  • A background in either technical modelling, technical business analysis, software development or engineering with an interest and passion for interoperability
  • Ideally you will have experience of Interoperability Healthcare Standards, such as HL7® FHIR
  • Experience of common data interchange formats such as XML and JSON
  • An ability to translate complex requirements into clear and precise implementation guidance
  • Functional knowledge of interoperability approaches
  • Working knowledge of architecture modelling techniques and architecture frameworks.
  • Knowledge of development techniques and platforms
  • An understanding of structured clinical vocabularies, for example SNOMED CT
  • Proven ability to decompose a supplier solution design into a set of conceptual and logical IS / IT components that can be mapped against, able to manage complexity, maintaining a grip of dependent components ensuring that multiple parallel developments will work together
  • Delivery experience working in a fast-paced agile way that enables information flow, improving health and care outcomes
  •  Experience in establishing a core framework of priority principles to guide technical decision making and develop a robust rationale for adopting a particular technical approach

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

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.

Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone’s skills to improve people’s lives.

We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, so come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.

Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital

Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

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.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • we're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • a generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

Next steps

Remote interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

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.


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