About the role

The NHS Digital (NHSD) / NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE-I) partnership on cancer drug data provisions team at NHSD is dedicated to supporting the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) programme.  The team works to improve the quality of routinely collected SACT data and use this and wider National Disease Registration Service (NDRS) datasets to address mutually beneficial questions.

High quality and timely cancer data underpin the partnership’s ambitions of monitoring cancer care and outcomes across the patient pathway and allowing improvements in patient care.

As Partnership Data Liaison officer, you will play a vital part in ensuring that NHS Digital can deliver the necessary data to support the successful delivery of the partnership work programme. 

This role is available in any NDRS location in the North of England, including Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield or Newcastle.


What's involved, top line

The purpose of the National Disease Registration Service is to collect and quality-assure high-quality, timely data on a wide range of diseases and provide robust surveillance to monitor and detect changes in health and disease in the population. We also provide expert, timely analysis to drive improvements in patient outcomes.

We now have an exciting vacancy for a Data Liaison Officer to join our data projects team, which is responsible for the end-to-end delivery of a range of complex and high-profile national data collections.

  • The data projects team within NDRS works to ensure that SACT data is collected in a timely manner, to a high quality and made available for analysis and to users through the appropriate channels
  • As the Data Liaison Officer, you will be a key contact for all SACT NHS providers in the North of England, developing strong working relationships with colleagues and peers including treatment providers, clinicians, and analysts to facilitate timely and accurate data collection for SACT and Cancer Drugs Fund data. 
  • This role will require the post holder to travel to NHS trusts across England with a focus on the North of England

More about the role

As Data Liaison Officer you will:

  • Be responsible for supporting NHS trusts to submit high quality and timely SACT data
  • Assist the SACT helpdesk team to provide advice and support for trusts submitting SACT data, including CDF data, through the secure SACT portal
  • Carry out site visits and conference calls with NHS trusts to encourage quality improvement as required, often presenting NDRS outputs that showcase the value and utility of the SACT dataset to staff at all levels, including administrative and clinical staff
  • Provide feedback and insight from trusts in your region to the SACT and NHSD/NHSE-I partnership team to inform discussions about appropriate future outputs
  • Respond to stakeholder queries about reports produced by the partnership analysis team, and other NDRS analysts as appropriate
  • Support the SACT and partnership team, clinical groups, networks and other stakeholders through workshops, training and other methods
  • Assist with the production of national reports, including reports monitoring SACT and partnership business plan targets

About you

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

  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in a specialist area
  • Excellent inter-personal, networking and communication skills, able to establish effective working relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise own workload without supervision, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information, evaluate issues, and recommend an appropriate course of action

Though not essential, it would be beneficial if you have the following:

  • Knowledge or experience working with electronic prescribing systems
  • Having an understanding of cancer and corresponding treatments is desirable; similarly, an understanding of data collection, data quality processes and information governance within the frameworks of existing legislation

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 week commencing 18th July via MS Teams.  Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a supporting statement, please use this as an opportunity to evidence how you have the skills and experience outlined in the 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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