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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/06/2021.

Head of Genomic Strategic Informatics

Job Reference: 990-1-EI5302-CE

NHS England and NHS Improvement
Skipton House, London
£75,914 - £87,754 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.

The NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS), approved by the NHS England Board in March 2017, is world leading through the introduction of cutting-edge genomic technologies, including whole genome sequencing into routine care in the NHS.

The NHS GMS builds upon the NHS contribution to the 100,000 Genomes Project and is central to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan commitments on genomics. The NHS GMS will encompass establishing genomics in routine clinical care and ongoing genomic projects, including those emerging from the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy (LSIS) and research both nationally and internationally.

The Head of Genomic Strategic Informatics will support and advise the Chief Scientific Officer, and the Deputy Director, Genomics Unit, upon the development of an integrated IT platform to deliver a world leading ‘learning health system’ for genomic healthcare and research.

Supporting the ambitions for genomics set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan, the strategic informatics approach will benefit patients by facilitating diagnosis of rare diseases and cancer and the personalisation of treatments.

Working in collaboration with Genomics England, the post holder will work at a senior level with various stakeholder organisations including the Department of Health and Social Care, Genomics England, NHS X and NHS Digital, providing leadership to prepare the NHS for the future data and informatics infrastructure and ensuring that the development meets all technology, data policy, and information governance requirements.

The post holder will use expertise and specialised knowledge to ensure that the future informatics platform:

  • supports the NHS GMS to facilitate rapid end-to-end genomic testing service and to improve the health of patients across England, facilitating equity of access and improving quality of care, for example by standardising turnaround times and supporting multi-disciplinary (MDT) working;
  • is highly integrated with existing NHS systems, for example, there should be automatic ‘pull’ actions to populate test order forms and automatic ‘push’ actions to relay results to clinicians;
  • is embedded within existing clinician and laboratory workflows to support operability;
  • brings innovation into the system to meet the aims of increasing access to testing, adding new technologies and operating more efficiently;
  • is flexible and responsive to innovation, including plug and play interoperability;
  • supports research and commercial ambitions in parallel to clinical ones, with deidentified patient data for service improvement, scientific progress and to achieve value for money;
  • is developed for a constantly shifting and disruptive environment and is therefore able to adapt to changes in approach and technologies.

The post holder will:

  • Ensure that the future strategy is formulated, understood by all stakeholders and is delivered utilising all available resources efficiently and effectively;
  • Ensure the development and management of plans to enable effective implementation and delivery of a sustainable system that works;
  • Understand and articulate the risks and benefits of any system solutions proposed and advocated for the NHS including carrying out due diligence activities to ensure the proposals will meet the needs of clinicians and patients within the NHS;
  • Proactively manage the key risks and issues associated with ensuring appropriate actions are taken to mitigate or respond;
  • Monitor and establish accountability on the overall progress of the strategy to ensure completion within agreed timescales;
  • Manage and actively promote the relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Avoid the destabilisation of the business as usual genomic testing service.

Please note, this role is a fixed term / secondment for 18 months.

Please note that the reason for the fixed term contract is that this post is a time limited piece of work.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Daniel Vincent

Job title: Senior Business Manager

Email address:

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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.

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