About the role

Do you have an interest in interoperability and technical data modelling?

Perhaps you are a technical business analyst or a developer looking to move into interoperability architecture, then this role could be for you.

This is an exciting role for someone with an interest in interoperability. You will receive great support and get to work with a highly skilled team of people who are passionate about digitising healthcare. You will have the opportunity to be involved in shaping and influencing digital healthcare, interoperability, and support the drive towards common standards. If you have a background in either modelling, technical business analysis, development or engineering, and you’re looking for a new opportunity in interoperability then this role is for you.

This is an exciting 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.

About the Team

This role will sit within the Interoperability Standards Team (IOPS). The team delivers interoperability standards to the health and care system. As the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) experts within the NHS, the team will champion 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 growing IOPS Team has a strong collaborative and supportive team ethos, but equally allows considerable space for developing expertise, agency and autonomy.

As a member of the Interoperability Standards Team you will:

  • Develop follow and improve processes for the development, review and release of interoperability standards and products
  • Work with 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

Some of the key skills and experience you will bring to the role:  

  • Although not essential it would be beneficial to be qualified to Masters degree level in a suitable technical, scientific or mathematical subject (or have demonstrable equivalent experience)
  • A background in either technical modelling, technical business analysis, 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

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, Mid February. 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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