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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/07/2021.

Associate Director Office for Digital Health

Job Reference: 907-076

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Information Resources
Manchester or London
£63,751 - £73,664 pa

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

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Role title: Associate Director – Office for Digital Health

Location: Manchester or London

2020-21 is a year that has changed the way we view the world we live in, and as a result, here at NICE we are going through an exciting period of change and rapid growth. There could not be a better time to join us.


As a result of the above we are looking for skilled Associate Director for our new Office for Digital Health to help guide the organisation through this period of dynamic transformation.


Why choose NICE? As an organisation we all collaborate to achieve the same goal through empowering our workforce to do great things. Health and well-being are a top priority for us because we understand the importance of creating a respectful, supportive, and transparent environment for all our employees.


The Role:

Reporting to the Programme Director Information Resources, the Associate Director will drive strategic engagement in the digital health area, working across NHSx, NHSE/I, ALBs, academia, industry and the NHS, building and developing relationships and actively engaging with the digital health policy environment, raising awareness and opportunities across this broader policy landscape, within NICE.


The position will require an excellent understanding of the digital health policy environment and how this might impact on NICE’s role, processes and methods and will require excellent skills in stakeholder engagement.



What you will bring to NICE:

To be considered for this role, we are looking for:

An excellent understanding of the policy environment for digital health and a technical understanding of processes and methods of technology assessment and of how these can be applied to digital health technologies.


The postholder will require excellent skills in strategic stakeholder engagement.


Candidates should have a Doctorate or Masters Degree, or equivalent level of knowledge acquired through experience and further training.


The post holder should also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Specialisation on the methods of health technology research (e.g. health economics, systematic review, epidemiology, statistics, clinical research)
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience; includes knowledge of the policy environment for digital health and the methods and processes of health technology assessment
  • Experience of working effectively and successfully with a range of stakeholders at a national level, and in a healthcare setting;
  • Experience of leading on a complex strategic project:



  • Here at NICE we are passionate and proud of the work we do and the impact we make.
  • We can offer you a great place to work with good benefits, flexible working, and a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment.
  • We have an academic culture committed to producing high quality work and we take collective responsibility.


The Department:

The Science Evidence and Analytics (SEA) Directorate is responsible for ensuring that NICE uses the best available evidence in its guidance to support health and care decision makers across health and care

The Office for Digital Health is a new team that has been set up within the SEA Directorate to coordinate activities externally and across NICE relating to digital health providing a focal point for coordinating policy, intelligence, information and enquiries on digital health.

For an informal discussion please contact Mark Salmon, Programme Director at (07795335353)

Closing date: 23/07/2021
Interview date:10/08/2021

We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London. However, we’re all working from home at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices when we’re all allowed to do so again.


We are a flexible employer, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any potential for flexible working with your Manager


Important - Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their CV. Please ensure you provide sufficient information in the profile section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage.


NICE is committed to the equality, diversity and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Please contact if you wish to discuss any additional needs or reasonable adjustments which may support your success at interview.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
  • We provide a thorough induction programme
  • Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
  • We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
  • We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

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We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

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