About the role

Our teams at NHS Digital build and operate world leading healthcare technology services to support the NHS and are looking for System Engineers who love solving complex problems to join the team.

As part of an agile, delivery-focused team you’ll have an opportunity to work on a broad range of systems that are typically large-scale, critical services for the NHS, such as APIs to support integrated systems within the NHS, direct public facing services or large-scale data analytics and processing.

There are a broad range of engineering teams within NHS Digital, please read our NHS Digital blogs to understand some of the ways in which we are using technology and data to improve health and care. NHS Digital has developed an engineering quality framework which is being iterated on over time. The framework may also help to give more context as to the work that we do.

Our engineers aim to increase the performance of connected systems, deliver new services, or improvements to existing services, while ensuring value for money.  We predominantly use open standards, using AWS or Azure Cloud and commodity hardware-based infrastructure.

As a Lead Systems Engineer you would typically be responsible for a small programme with one or more delivery squads.


We have vacancies in the following Directorates:


Product Development designs and delivers new applications to help citizens, patients and clinicians including the NHS website, NHS App, NHS login and Digital Urgent and Emergency Care.

Platforms provides the core platforms that underpin the products and data services which we deliver within NHSD and are also made accessible to regional and local service developers including demographic registers, identity services (citizen identity and NHS workforce identity) and messaging platforms for prescriptions and referrals.


Data Services maintains and delivers the data collection, processing, curation and analytical platforms used by clinical, research and planning teams across the NHS in England.

About you

We are looking for Systems Engineers who:

  • work well in a "you build it, you run it" culture
  • have strong software engineering skills and can adapt to new technologies
  • have a breadth of experience and can provide in-depth analysis
  • can work across a wide and varied stack, with APIs, infrastructure, data and analytics and web development
  • can collaborate well with others both internal to the team and external
  • have good teaching/mentoring skills being able to guide others to good outcomes.

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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