About the role

Where you make a difference

As the national safe haven for patient data, NHS Digital has a responsibility to provide near-real-time, cost-effective, comprehensive, quality-assured data and data services covering the whole health and care pathway on every individual in England.

As part of our vision to increase our reach and impact on health and care outcomes, the Data Services Directorate is redesigning the way we operate. We will curate high-quality, timely data for analysis and reporting to enable quality care provision and enable users to inform national policy and local commissioning. Alongside this, we will minimise burden on the wider health and care system in relation to the collection and provision of that data.

What's involved, top line

As we move to a new user-centred Operating Model, the Associate Director of Data Design & Integration plays a pivotal role in leading the design and implementation of data pipelines, including data modelling, transformation and integration processes. .The successful candidate will ensure that agreed standards and data best practices are applied, that quality is optimised, and that data is linkable at patient level for longitudinal applications.

Demonstrating a deep understanding of the benefits and value that the effective use of data can bring to the life of our citizens as well as knowledge and experience of national and local processes for capturing, transforming, processing and flowing data, you will utilise proven leadership skills to support the transition to the new Operating Model and ways of working.

More about the role

The role can be based in either Leeds, London, Southport or Exeter however we are currently operating a hybrid working model where we balance attendance at the office with home working.

Reporting to the Director of Data Curation and Open, this role is responsible for:

  • Design the specification of datasets in collaboration with data providers and the rest of the directorate
  • Use data models to develop extractions of data from source, delivering complete, consistent and accurate data while ensuring that extraction has minimal burden for data providers
  • Working with the rest of the directorate to maintain partnerships with domain experts and professional bodies for insight into raw clinical data streams
  • Leading the design and implementation of data processing pipelines, applying agreed business process and standards and working with the technology delivery functions to improve and optimise NHSD’s internal data platform
  • Leading the data engineering and data architecture community of practice across the directorate

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

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. 


About you

Some of the skills and experience we're looking for:

  • A deep understanding of the benefits and value that the effective use of data can bring to the life of our citizens
  • Knowledge and experience of complex datasets at a national scale, and processes for capturing, transforming, processing and integrating data
  • Extensive knowledge of Data Management principles and practices as defined by DAMA (Data Management Association), including Data architecture, Data Quality & Standards, Data Development & Engineering, Reference & Master Data Management and Meta Data management
  • Demonstrable evidence of leading significant business and operational delivery portfolios in large, complex organisations
  • Astute & inspirational leadership that supports the development of our people and the products and services we deliver
  • Ability to influence effectively at all levels based on exemplarily stakeholder management skills and business knowledge

About us

Our work matters. You matter. 

What we offer you:

  • Flexible working including 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 and Car Lease schemes

Next steps

Remote interviews will take place w/c 18th July via Microsoft Teams. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job’ below.

Please ensure your supporting statement includes demonstrable evidence and specific examples on how you meet the criteria for each of the key skills specified above and those given in the role profile.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital’s career site.

When uploading your CV, please remove any personal details to allow for your application to be reviewed anonymously.

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