About The Role

The National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care (NDG) is looking for an individual to lead the Office of the National Data Guardian (ONDG).

This is an opportunity to join and lead the ONDG team at an exciting time, as the recently appointed NDG, Dr Nicola Byrne, begins her three-year term of office and looks to develop, communicate and implement her priorities.

You will lead the office team which supports the NDG and her advisory panel, helping the NDG to shape her key priorities and strategy and taking responsibility for the implementation of those priorities. You will support the NDG to speak with clarity and authority, shaping debates, policy and practice about the use of health and care data in England. You will help ensure that the NDG serves the interests of the public as she encourages the use of health and care data for individual care and for the benefits of the public more broadly, while also protecting people’s trust in a confidential health and care system.

You will be responsible for: 

  • Leading the team of office staff that supports the NDG and her advisory panel, developing a team culture of continuous improvement and excellent service delivery, including identifying and implementing new processes, procedures and ways of working to improve organisational productivity and efficiency.
  • Developing and maintaining trusted and effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supporting the NDG to develop her priorities, strategy and vision and to communicate these to stakeholders and the public.
  • Providing advice in a timely and informed way, in a fast-moving environment to provide effective service delivery to and by the NDG.

About You

Some of the key skills and experience you will bring:  

  • Proven ability and experience of operating and delivering services and/or projects in a complex environment, consistently delivering desired outcomes.
  • Proven ability and experience of identifying goals and objectives, and motivating and leading others towards their achievement.
  • Experience of making decisions and formulating advice in a timely and informed way in a fast-moving environment to provide effective service delivery.
  • Significant experience of developing and maintaining trusted and effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve consensus about and make progress on complex challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to adjust tones and style to a variety of audiences. You drafting is clear, with excellent attention to detail. Your verbal communications skills allow you to operate in a complex and sometimes high pressure environment, where there may be differing views and perspectives.
  • A good working knowledge of privacy law and legislation best practice and guidance.
  • A good understanding of the public’s perspective on the use of data about them and of the methods of engagement and research that can be used to add to the evidence base about public attitudes.

Flexible working will be considered, however there is an expectation that the postholder will be present to lead the ONDG team based in NHS Digital’s Leeds office when required for up to 3 days each week. The team is currently working remotely due to the pandemic.

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 

Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 12th of July. 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. 

Within your application we are looking for you to demonstrate you have the skills and experience outlined in the role profile.  

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Jenny Westaway in the first instance. Jenny is the departing Head of the Office of the National Data Guardian and can be contacted at j.westaway@nhs.net

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