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Solutions Architect

Job Reference: 922-1023B-19

NHS Professionals - Corporate Staff
Band 8b £47,700 - £59,000 per annum

Who are NHS Professionals?

One of the biggest challenges NHS trusts face, is ensuring the quality of patient care whilst working within strict budgets. A lack of available staff means unfilled shifts, which in turn leads to unfilled commitments to patients and their families. What NHS trusts need is a reliable supply of experienced staff, ready to step in and fill shifts when trusts need them most.

And that’s where NHSP comes in. Owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and part of the NHS family, NHSP is the market leader in managed flexible worker services. We work in partnership with 55 NHS trusts to provide a service that combines an intimate understanding of the trusts’ temporary workforce requirements with the reassurance of a safe, quality and reliable supply of cost-effective temporary staff. And because NHSP is wholly owned by the Department of health, all our profits are reinvested in growth to save money for the NHS.

Right now, we have over 120,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades and specialities. Our bank members fill around 26 million hours for our clients each year, working flexibly around their lifestyles by choosing the hours that suit them.

With the NHS under increasing pressure, we are committed to helping trusts deliver sustainable workforce solutions which enable world-class patient care.

Job Title: Solutions Architect

Salary: Band 8b (£47,700 - £59,000 per annum)

Location: Tingley

Hours: 37.5 hours per week


About us

Flexible working for the NHS, by the NHS

NHS Professionals (NHSP) is the market leader in managed flexible worker services. We work in partnership with NHS Trusts around the country to reduce their reliance on expensive agencies by helping them build their own staff banks.

We boast the largest database of more than 100,000 general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, administrative and allied healthcare professionals registered on our bank.

We are extremely proud of our bank members, all of whom provide essential shift cover for our NHS clients to help them deliver safe, efficient and effective health services.

NHS Professionals is embraced by the NHS. We are trusted for our shared values, our leadership in flexible working and the contribution we make to the healthcare community.

Our people love working at NHS Professionals - together we help one another deliver the highest level of service. Our vision is to have a ‘One NHSP’ team who feel knowledgeable, confident and empowered.


The Role:

Our teams of Product Managers and Business Systems Analysts liaise with software suppliers to deliver against an aggressive programme of enhancement to our portfolio of bespoke software systems, which support all aspects of the business. All such change is aligned with the IT Systems Development Roadmap, aligned with Microsoft’s Azure stack, under the technical guidance of the Architecture Practice.


As Solutions Architect, you will be a member of the Architecture Practice, owning and maintaining NHSP’s enterprise level conceptual, logical and physical solution design for information systems, developing a strategic technical roadmap including solution architecture transition states for the integration of NHSP’s systems within the wider digital strategy. You will liaise between about 10 software suppliers and NHSP’s IT and Systems Development teams whilst getting hands on with prototyping. Your role will also be responsible for championing and implementing key relevant agile and DevOps development practices.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to drive change, identifying, researching and directing the implementation of relevant new and existing technologies, with an emphasis on cloud (Azure) technologies. The role also involves working with the Technical Services Manager to define infrastructure configuration requirements for applications. You will operate as a specialist and consultant on all aspects of solution architecture.

Key Skills:

  • Extensive experience as a Solution Architect with the ability to deputise for the IT Systems Development Manager when required
  • Background in Microsoft stack
  • Sound understanding of principles, methods, techniques and tools for the effective architecture of systems integration, particularly those available in Microsoft Azure
  • Sound knowledge of standard software development lifecycle (SDLC), Agile and DevOps delivery principles
  • Able to provide technical direction for a number of software suppliers
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with senior and operational stakeholders


If you are educated to degree level (or have equivalent relevant experience) and have extensive experience at a senior level of providing architectural direction, along with the ability to work in a highly motivated and performance driven team, then we want to hear from you.


What perks are we offering in return?

  • Competitive salary with the opportunity for progression for exceptional performers
  • 27 days’ annual leave per year plus 8 public holidays
  • Access to a stakeholder pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Access to a discount scheme and an employee recognition scheme.
  • Agile working
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave

We offer very competitive terms and conditions which includes an attractive basic salary offering progression for exceptional performers, access to a stakeholder pension scheme, 27 days annual leave per year plus public holidays. In addition, other benefits offered include health and well-being support, access to a discount scheme and an employee recognition scheme.

Please note: in 2010 NHS Professionals moved to Limited Company and therefore Agenda for Change terms and conditions are not applicable to this role.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received. We will not contact unsuccessful applicants, therefore, if you do not hear from us within 14 days of the vacancy closing, your application has been unsuccessful

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