About the role

NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system.  Our growing team of 2,700+ information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver, and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend, working in partnership with both national and local organisations.

The NHS Digital Data Access Request Service (DARS) offers clinicians, researchers, and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services, while protecting patient data. We are committed to continuous service improvement and expanding the range of data available to request

We are looking for a Data Approvals Manager with significant skills and knowledge in information governance to assess applications for data against key standards and to liaise with assurance groups and stakeholders within the Secure Data Access team. Secure Data Access assists organisations to gain access to a wide range of data sets where there is a legal basis for them to do so and where there is a clear benefit to health and social care respecting privacy, transparency and ethics.

Data Approvals Managers understand the importance of information governance and how it relates to the sharing of data between organisations. An up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation is essential, as is the ability to apply it to real world situations. Candidates for this role will have a strong eye for detail and a passion for problem solving as we are often asked to work on complex data sharing situations where there is no precedent.

The role will mean dealing with a wide range of people (both inside and outside of the organisation) at various levels, so well-developed, pro-active interpersonal skills and management skills are essential.

As a Data Approvals Manager, you will:

  • Actively engage with applicants for data, and the wider team providing them with subject matter expertise on requests for health data.

  • Assure applications for data against an agreed set of standards, considering each request against relevant legislation

  • Present and provide assurance to NHS Digital and independent panels of experts that applications meet NHS Digital's published standards and are in line with relevant legislation

  • Take the lead on complex and novel requests for data sharing and linkage, actively engaging with relevant teams across the organisation to progress requests through NHS Digital's approvals process

  • Ensure your knowledge of data protection and data sharing is kept up to date by being familiar with the latest Guidance and Codes of Practice and share knowledge and expertise with both colleagues and stakeholders

About you

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

  • Highly developed knowledge and demonstrable application of Data protection legislation such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Data Protection Act 2018 that are relevant to data sharing
  • Highly developed knowledge and demonstrable application of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance and Codes of Conduct in relation to the processing and sharing of data.
  • Significant experience in an Information Assurance (IA) environment with focus on complex multi organisational data sharing.
  • Significant experience of communicating highly complex data sharing rules to internal and external stakeholders with the ability to contextualise information for different stakeholders, such as the research community and Arms Lengths Bodies.
  • Significant experience of providing subject matter expertise on novel and contentious issues such as requests for record level health information and presenting such applications to Independent Assurance Boards.
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 mid June 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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