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Senior Statistical Officer (SStO)

Job Reference: 914-BSA2202

NHS Business Services Authority
Stella House, Newcastle Upon Tyne
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum

Who we are

We’re the NHS Business Services Authority. We provide critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Have you had an EHIC card? Perhaps you’ve had an Exemption Certificate or have a Pre-payment Certificate to spread the cost of your prescriptions? We issue those. Maybe you’re a member of the NHS Pension Scheme? We administer the scheme on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. Ever applied for a vacancy on NHS Jobs? That’s one of our services too.

Our vision is to be the ‘delivery partner of choice’ for the NHS. Our values were developed with our people, for our people and they reflect the fact that we CARE passionately about what we do. They are to be Collaborative, Adventurous, Reliable, and Energetic. We know that how we approach our work contributes to our colleagues’ health, wellbeing, and sense of connection to the business. We aspire to be a great, inclusive place to work.

Our drive to make things easier for our customers has seen us increase the digitisation of our services and we’re using new technology to deliver efficiencies and improve the customer experience. We gather data and use it to help the NHS make more informed and effective decisions, as well as reduce fraud, error, and waste. We also see an opportunity to contribute to the wider health agenda in terms of prevention and health inequalities.

We’re doing exciting things in a complex and challenging landscape so come and join us.

What we offer

Come and work for us and you’ll receive a benefits package that rewards your hard work and commitment. Benefits you’ll receive include a minimum of 27 days annual leave per year which increases with length of service, plus Bank Holidays and the option to purchase additional leave, time off for volunteering, flexible working options, a generous Pension Scheme, access to loads of online and high street NHS Discounts including Apple Store, Sketchers, Nandos, and Vodafone, and perhaps most importantly – a work/life balance.

The role

Senior Statistical Officer (SStO) Band 7

Are you looking for a fresh challenge that will really put your statistical skills to the test?

The NHSBSA creates a wealth of valuable data from the £36 billion of NHS activity that it administers. Publishing effectively is a crucial part of our vision of being a Catalyst for Better Health. By utilising our expertise, we can better tell the story of our data and inform debate.

The post holder will be a member of NHSBSA Information Services and will be responsible for multiple aspects of our statistical publication production process, including developing several Official and National Statistical publications for the organisation. They will utilise their expertise to extract and transform data, apply statistical analysis, producing insightful statistical publications in a layered dissemination approach. Creating products to inform the public and further help citizens to compare, contrast and challenge to benefit the wider Health Service and increase efficiency.

The role will be based in Newcastle, and we support home working.

Selection process

Please ensure you reflect on the requirements in the job description and personal specification, including essential and desirable skills.

On the advert closing an initial sift will take place against the job description and personal specification. Candidates who pass this initial sift will invited to complete the Government Statistical Service (GSS) online multiple choice test.

Please note: If you are already a member of the Government Statistical Group (GSG), you are exempt from sitting the GSS online test. We will advise candidates who pass the initial sift and who proceed to the online test how they can advise us on this specifically.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed against the job description and personal specification, including essential and desirable skills. In addition, we will also assess you against Level 2 of the following Government Statistician Group (GSG) technical competency framework, specially you will be assessed on the following GSG Technical Competencies:

  • Presenting and Disseminating Data Effectively.
  • Acquiring Data/Understanding Customer Needs.
  • Data Analysis.

This framework is used to assess the technical skills of government statisticians and data scientists who belong to the Government Statistician Group (GSG).

All GSG statisticians and data scientists are assessed against this when they enter the profession.

You can download the full framework (pdf, 0.29MB) or the specific section relevant for this grade, framework for Higher and Senior Statistical Officers and Data Scientists (pdf, 0.13MB)

You can also download the following document that outlines the statistical tools and techniques (pdf, 0.39MB) mentioned in the framework.

For further details contact:

Michael Cole

The NHSBSA is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is a great place to work and truly reflects the diversity of our customers. We are looking for applications from talented people of diverse characteristics including age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or any marginalised group. We also welcome applications from all those in the Armed Forces Community

At the NHSBSA we pride ourselves on being are a Disability Confident employer and we’ve recently been awarded the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Gold Standard benchmark. We offer an invitation to the first stage of the selection process for people with disabilities who wish to be considered under the Disability Confident scheme.

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