About the role

NHS Digital are currently looking for Software Developers who love solving complex problems. Our developers work in our Platforms Directorate, Product Development Directorate and in our Data Services Directorate.

In joining NHS Digital, you will be at the heart of designing and operating the core infrastructure and products which support the UK’s health and care system. 

As a Developer, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to support our vision to deliver a modern approach to our products and services, that will result in better care and improved health outcomes from people in England.

We aim to match our Developers to the areas where they can thrive, please watch this video about one of our platforms, the NHS Spine, to show the types of services we build and run www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH7FGKnmnw8

Note we're always on the lookout for good developers, please don't wait for the advert deadline, as soon as you apply we'll then move you through the recruitment stages. 


As part of one of our agile, delivery-focused teams you’ll:

  • build and run a broad range of highly available and secure systems with large scale transactional and data volumes supporting the wider health and social care ecosystem.
  • ·optimise the performance of connected systems, deliver new services, or improve existing services, while ensuring value for money for the public sector.
  • predominantly use open source technology on AWS, Azure or commodity hardware based infrastructure. 


As part of the role, you will be responsible for:

  • working with the latest technology such as Public Cloud (we build and run systems on both AWS and Azure) and the top development languages in an Agile / DevOps environment (our developers use languages such as Python and Java).
  • collaborate with customers, delivery managers, product owners, systems engineers to deliver features with a high-level of business value.
  • working on widely distributed, high volume, highly available and secure services.
  • Producing repeatable deployments using CI/CD practices.
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate unit and integration tests.

About you

We are looking for developers who:

  • work well in a "you build it, you run it" culture.
  • have strong development skills and can adapt to new languages / technologies.
  • can call on a breadth of experience and provide in-depth analysis.
  • have good teaching/mentoring skills and can guide others to good outcomes.
  • collaborate well with others as part of an agile team.
  • follow good practice in their approach to development.

There are a few key technologies we use at NHS Digital, please see a non-exhaustive list below. We don’t expect candidates to have experience in all technologies, but strong experience in one or more is desirable.

  • AWS
  • Azure
  • serverless
  • Python
  • Node.JS
  • C#

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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