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Head of Genomics Informatics

Job Reference: 990-NHSE9604L

NHS England
Skipton House, London
£67,247 - £83,258 per annum

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Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable.

If you are taking up this post on a part time basis, your salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

NHS England’s Genomics Implementation Unit are working with Genomics England on the development of the new National Genomics Informatics System which will enable for the first time a national genetic test ordering system, linked to a national genomic test directory and national genomic data base. This complex informatics system will also enable the real time tracking of genomic samples in the NHS. Through the learning from the 100,000 genomes project the NHS has undergone significant transformation in respect of data use and information flows and we wish to build on this in the development of the new system.

NHS England is now looking for a Head of Genomics Informatics with real demonstrable experience of the use and implementation of IT systems in the NHS. The post holder should have experience and knowledge of pathology or genetic laboratory systems and LIMS would be advantageous. Working in a highly political and challenging environment the post holder will advise NHS England’s Genomics Unit on all aspects of the informatics system and influence build and development as well as the roll out and implementation phases. Operational experience will be a significant advantage.

The post holder will need to be a strong influencer and leader as well as a subject matter expert and will be expected to spend a significant amount of time working across the country and in London. Your negotiation skills will be paramount to the success of this project as well as your ability to quickly understand the challenges faced in NHS Trusts in implementing a system of this nature, the wider NHS Informatics and Data landscape and how the use of data within genomics is different.

The successful candidate will be appointed either on a fixed term contract or secondment for two (2) years, full time however, flexibility may be considered for the right candidate.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rachel Snow-Miller, Senior Transition Lead

Mobile: 07585960049


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