Deputy Director of Data & Analytics


Leeds, London


About the job


NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world and has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.


Job description

We are a joint unit made up of colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) and will harness the best expertise from industry, the NHS, Government and the health and care sectors.

NHSX will deliver the Health Secretary’s Tech Vision, building on the NHS Long Term Plan. We will speed up the digital transformation of the NHS and social care.

We have set ourselves five missions, which are focused on how we can make things better for patients and staff. These are:

• Reduce the burden on our workforce, so they can focus on delivering care;
• Give people the tools to access information and services directly, so they can best take charge of their own health and care;
• Ensure information about people’s health and care can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed;
• Aid the improvement of safety across health and care systems; and
• Improve health and care productivity with digital technology.

The Data Policy and Strategy Directorate have six workstreams:

• Strategy – leading on cross-cutting strategy issues for NHSX and in negotiations with HMT on technology and digital spending as part of future budgets and spending reviews
• Technology policy – leading on support for Secretary of State priority meetings, implementation of the tech vision and relevant elements of the long-term plan, NHS Digital sponsorship and behavioural insights
• Data and information governance policy – leading on making sure we get the best from the rich data in health and care, using it to transform care, drive innovation, at the same time building public trust and confidence
• Analytics – leading on analytical support across NHSX programmes, developing an analytical profession for the NHS; and developing innovative analytical and data science projects
• Social Care technology and data policy – leading on digital transformation across the social care sector and using technology and sharing of data to help support integration and join up between health and care
• Artificial Intelligence in health and care policy – leading on the policy framework for AI in health and care, including setting up our new AI lab

About the role

The Deputy Director of Data & Analytics in NHSX will head up the Analytics Unit and will also provide leadership and representation for analysts and data scientists working across the health and care system.

The postholder will be an expert in and advocate for the use of data and analysis in the NHS and adult social care. The postholder will be expected to develop and share innovative and impactful data science and mobilise the wider analytical community across the NHS and beyond to deliver analysis, insight and research for better health and care. The role will also require close collaboration with the Data Policy Team and the Chief Technology Officer’s Team in support of developing improved data architecture, standards and interoperability.

As data transforms the world around us, NHSX is looking for someone to embrace and deliver that change for the health and social care sectors


Key accountabilities for the role:

Data Strategy

• Lead delivery of the NHSX’s strategic plans in relation to data,
analytics, intelligence and data science, working closely with NHS England & Improvement and DHSC.
• Lead the transformation in how the NHS uses information, evidence and insight to support health and care
• Support the NHSX Deputy Director of Data Policy in development of policy related to data and the NHSX Chief Technology Officer in developing standards, an approach to interoperability and data architecture
• Lead on engagement and collaboration with NHSX’s stakeholders and partners from the public and private sector to ensure better data sharing, promote the use of robust analysis, makes effective use of the latest methodologies in
data science and analytics, and explores different ways of delivery for NHS analytical functions.
• Ensure the development and management of regular plans to deliver elements of the data strategy, within NHSX and impacting the health and social care sector.
• Proactively manage the key risks and issues associated with ensuring appropriate actions are taken to mitigate or respond.

Operational responsibilities

• To lead the Analytics Unit and be responsible for all aspects of this service across NHSX including but not limited to; supporting the analytical requirements of NHSX work programmes, working with NHSE/I in developing NHS analysis as a profession and establishing an innovative analytics lab.
• To lead the development and management of data flows to meet analytical needs
• Uphold and promote professional standards, including those set out in the Government Functional Standard for Analysis
• Manage, monitor and report on benefits realisation management, tracking the progress and ensuring that the intended benefits are achieved with outcomes maximised
• Monitoring and establishing accountability on the overall progress of the strategy to ensure completion within agreed timescales.
• Manage the budgetary implications of activity

Work closely with stakeholders and partners

• Effective stakeholder management across different organisations at all levels, maintaining relationships with key and high-profile stakeholders.
• Establish regular sessions with key stakeholders to understand and share the trajectories of both the NHS and partners.


• Represent the organisation in sensitive and political situations, delivering difficult messages where required to high-level audiences.
• Communicate the vision and progress of NHSX as well as keeping audiences updated on the work of the digital innovation team through writing in blogs, articles and delivering presentations to a range of audiences
• Deliver appropriate speaking and media opportunities

Person Specification

In order to be successful you must demonstrate the following:

• Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to articulate an inspiring vision, and engage and motivate people to deliver in line with business objectives.
• Experience of working in a programmatic, systematic way, comfortable using data and insight to guide your work and outcomes.
• Ability to work flexibly at pace and to make sound decisions in a complex, fast-moving environment.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present complex and technical issues simply and effectively.
• Demonstrated ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels and to build effective relationships and networks across organisational boundaries.
• Ability to formulate, lead, communicate and implement strategies, policies; and excellent policy and analysis skills, including being able to use data to inform decisions.
• Being comfortable and flexible in working with a significant level of ambiguity, resilient under pressure and can work effectively in a complex and high-pressure change environment.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture


Whatever your role, we take your career and  development seriously, and want to enable you  to build a really successful career with the  department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial  that our employees have the right skills to  develop their careers and meet the challenges  ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular  performance and development reviews to  ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil  Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large  range of benefits.

This includes:

• 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays;
• one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;
• a competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;
• flexible working patterns including part- time or time-term working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours;
• generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;
• interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;
• the opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable);
• occupational sick pay.

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