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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/11/2019.

Chief Technology Officer NHSX

Job Reference: 990-A-19-59902

NHS England and NHS Improvement
From £131,300

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.

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.

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.

This is a tremendous opportunity to play a key role in the strategic direction of our organisation. Working directly for the Chief Executive Officer you will be a key member of the Executive Team, the Head of Technology Profession for the NHS, and the principal technology adviser to the CEO with overall responsibility for defining and delivering the internet-based technical architecture for the NHS and Social Care, especially focussing on creating a federated data ecosystem.

You will work closely with NHS Digital, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS improvement colleagues to agree the technical architecture for the NHS and to ensure that technology capabilities are fit for purpose to meet the needs of the health and care system.

An in depth understanding of the internet stack, and experience of developing or managing a large API-based architecture is essential, as well as an in depth understanding of modern software and web development practices and experience of leading software or web/internet engineering teams and running or overseeing a development environment.

Strong leadership is also key to this role, as well as high quality strategic and systemic thinking. Together with the ability to build credibility and work collaboratively with leaders in NHS England to ensure resources are aligned behind strategic and operational delivery of objectives.

We’re looking for a personable and confident professional who will strive for continuous improvement and innovation. Educated to Masters level or equivalent degree, or demonstrable relevant experience, you value diversity and difference and operate with integrity and openness.

To find out more please see the attached candidate pack.

When applying please ensure you include a personal statement (maximum 750 words) with your CV  and forward to, please ensure you include your contact details in your application.

For further information please contact: 07801 136895 07801 277188


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, 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.

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