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Deputy Chief Information Officer NHSX

Posted: 5 Oct 2020 Closes: 3 Nov 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom £91,004 - £104,927 per annum
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Deputy Chief Information Officer NHSX

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3308-CE

Employer: Location: Leeds Salary: £91,004 - £104,927 per annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Deputy Chief Information Officer NHSX

NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. With investment of more than £1 billion pounds a year nationally and a significant additional spend locally, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.

NHSX will deliver the Health Secretary's Tech Vision, building on the NHS Long Term Plan. We will speed up the digital transformation of the NHS and social care. We have set ourselves five missions, which are focused on how we can make things better for patients and staff. These are:
  • Reduce the burden on our workforce, so they can focus on delivering care;
  • Give people the tools to access information and services directly, so they can best take charge of their own health and care;
  • Ensure information about people's health and care can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed;
  • Aid the improvement of safety across health and care systems; and
  • Improve health and care productivity with digital technology.
NHSX Culture and Values
  • We take time to listen, understand and communicate clearly
  • We encourage everyone to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience. Everyone's voice is equal and respected
  • We are user-centred and we work openly and with a wide range of partners because that will deliver better outcomes
  • We value ambition, are open to learning and new ideas, and support people to innovate
  • We work collaboratively, beyond job roles and across teams
  • We recognise and celebrate success and taking ownership of problems and solutions
As Deputy CIO you will have responsibility for:
  • Working closely with the national CIO, develop the delivery strategy and associated objectives for digitising health and care services across the country and deputise as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationship with the NHSE/I System Transformation Group so that digital services are recognised and embedded as a key enabler for the successful establishment of Integrated Care Systems
  • Lead the development of the 'What Good Looks Like' framework to assess and measure digital value of organisations and enable ICS development.
  • Work with a wide range of internal (NHSE/I) and external system partners across a range of disciplines (e.g. finance, operations, clinical services) to establish the WGLL as a recognised improvement tool that adds value to the system as a whole
  • Work closely with industry partners to ensure they understand the expectations of a digitally-enabled ICS and are able to provide the products and services that align to this
  • Lead the CIO team's support and input to system-level financial planning, modelling and reviews to estimate the investment required over the next five years to deliver comprehensive digital services for staff and patients
  • Work with internal and external finance colleagues to investigate potential options for a new approach to financing investment in NHS digital transformation
  • Create an internal intelligence function for the CIO to support sharing and dissemination of good practice
  • Develop the regional digital transformation support function to support regional digital leads and also manage day to day engagement with regional digital transformation directors
  • Monitor progress against key CIO domain programmes and priorities across the country, anticipating or responding to major risks/issues as required and providing advice to the CIO on appropriate next steps
  • Develop the operating model and structure for the CIO team and support its development over the next 12 months, establishing it as a core part of the overall NHSX delivery model

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSonia PatelJob titleChief Information OfficerEmail addresssonia.patel@nhsx.nhs.ukAdditional contact information

If you require further information please contact Sonia Patel

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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