About the role

4We provide expertise to enable national programmes and health and social care organisations to develop effective systems, information and technology. Our work contributes to safer treatment and better care within health and social care services in England.

This role will be part of Solution Assurance, contributing to functional test and assurance activities across NHS Digital portfolios supporting delivery in a fast passed environment.

The postholder will also provide test and assurance consultancy support working as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) with a range of delivery partners and suppliers.


As a Lead Test Specialist you will be responsible for:

  • Working across multiple workstreams within Solution Assurance, this assignment will involve working closely with the Data Services Delivery Teams, across various Programmes, to manage test outputs and to contribute findings to key decision points in the delivery lifecycle.


  • Leading test activity within agile developments through the design and creation of complex test scenarios based on user stories and acceptance criteria, and the principles of continuous integration through automated test scripts for functional and integration, non-functional and/or data process testing

  • Using your knowledge of complex health informatics operating systems, technical (Cloud/hardware) and data architectures, also your knowledge of tools used for test automation, (including bespoke, open source and commercial tools) to support functional and integration, non-functional and data process testing, (including those that require coding skills in order to build a test framework)


About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring:  

  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of technical risk management for current and future technical solutions (such as machine learning and AI)

  • Knowledge of quality maturity models such as TMMI and quality standards such as the ISO9000 series to improve test capabilities.

  • Knowledge of heath care informatics systems and the technology used, such as:
  • messaging and data exchange essentials such as HL7, HTTP, SOAP, XML, FHIR and JSON
  • functionality on secure Cloud services and integrated infrastructure
  • ooperating systems such as UNIX / Ubuntu LINUX / Windows
  • APIs, data transfer technologies and other technologies to enable integration and interoperability - database technologies such as Postgres, Riak and Oracle

  • Knowledge of a specialist test area such as:
    • Functional and integration testing including software and application interoperability;
    • Non-functional testing including Volume and Performance, and Ready for Operations;
    • Data process testing including data interface specifications, data management tools and anonymisation techniques


  • Proven ability to use structured test data and test environment provision to improve and enable functional and integration, non-functional and/or data process testing


  • Proven ability to apply structured test and assurance techniques and processes for complex IT systems and solutions.

  • Proven ability to assure a supplier's (internal or external) testing using a quality maturity model, to ensure that testing is thorough, to an appropriate level and standard and meets contractual requirements.

  • Proven ability to understand and clearly articulate a complex functional and integration architecture and to assess and mitigate its risks.


  • Proven ability to maintain in depth knowledge of test tools and testing methodologies, providing detailed advice regarding their application and execution

  • Educated to Masters Degree level, or equivalent higher education qualification or equivalent experience.

  • ISEB/ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certificate (Certified or Agile Tester) or equivalent recognised qualification and equivalent level of experience
For more information about what is expected for this role, please refer to the role profile.

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, 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/our-work
Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus
What we offer
In addition to a competitive salary with planned, transparent progression you can look forward to the following benefits:
  • 27 days annual leave entitlement increasing with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme
  • Contributory Pension (with a 20.6% contribution from us toward the cost of your pension)
  • Flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed
  • A range of NHS Discounts covering, for example, shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes which include Season Ticket Loan and Car Lease
For more information visit our Working at NHS Digital page.

Next steps

Please ensure that when applying you complete the application fully to demonstrate you meet the requirements as Hiring managers will not have access to your CV’s even if uploaded during your application.

Please note that the application process involves completion of a technical test. Candidates who successfully complete this test will be invited to interview which is competency based and a question & answer format.

Applicants selected for test and interview will be contacted by email and these will be conducted remotely.

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