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Senior Data Scientist

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Recruiter: NHS Digital
Listed on: 4th November
Location: Leeds
Salary/Rate: £40,057 - £45,839
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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NHS Digital is the national digital, data and technology partner for the NHS and social care system. We design, build, deploy and operate national products, platforms and data services for patients, clinicians, those who manage the system and researchers in the NHS, academia and the life sciences sector. Our systems serve up to 53 million citizens and 1.3 million NHS staff.

Our goal is to maximise the accessibility, quality and utility of health and care data while respecting privacy, transparency and ethics. As such we are responsible for analysing large volumes of data related to topics such as hospital care, social care, mental health, diabetes, maternity and weight management.

We interpret the trends within this data, summarise the results within dashboards and publications and make data available for further research. We use leading-edge data science and data visualisation tools and methods to enhance our public outputs, increase utility of data assets for research and to support policy making and patient care.

What's involved:

A major element of our role since 2020 has been to leverage our live services, data and delivery capabilities to support the pandemic, including delivering digital services for NHS Test and Trace, maintaining the shielded patient list, analysing and reporting upon the testing programme, as well as the infection rate.

What we now require are individuals that can harness the power of that data and convert it into insights, information and powerful data tools and models that can make a real difference to the lives of people every day.

As a Senior Data Scientist you will be key in performing expert analysis, developing innovative data products and assuring quality of our delivery.

What's in it for you 

  • A role as part of a dynamic team using data and digital technology to transform health and care.
  • A range of opportunities to build your experience in an environment where your 
    work has a direct and positive impact.
  • Working with a powerful data platform that is built specifically for analytical use and with incredibly rich health datasets that are unique in the world.
  • A real commitment to your personal and professional development with access 
    to a broad range of learning opportunities.

Why you should apply 

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital.  
We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.  

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Don't worry if you don't meet all the criteria we've suggested - knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply. 

More about the role 

Here at NHS Digital we are growing and investing in our Data Science and Data Visualisation capabilities. We are recruiting for both permanent and fixed term positions in Leeds and London. We are currently recruiting for Senior Data Scientists across the organisation. The role involves:

  • Taking a lead role in project delivery, from requirements definition with customers through to deployment of production services.
  • Mentoring and/or line management of junior staff.
  • Contributing expert analysis, ensuring the appropriate techniques are used.
  • Communicating findings and project progress with stakeholders and colleagues
  • Continuously focusing on personal development and sharing learning

More about you 

Some of the skills and experience we're looking for:

  • Strong analytical and requirements gathering skills.
  • Good working knowledge of data science and data visualisation tools and techniques, including machine learning, dashboard development, data linkage and data modelling.
  • Aptitude for coding and making best use of modern data and analysis tools. We prioritise use of open-source tools and languages (python, spark), cloud infrastructure (Databricks, AWS) and, where appropriate, good quality visualisation tools like Tableau.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of how to understand and interpret results from complex analysis, apply the results to the given problem and suggest conclusions to be drawn.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team using agile methodologies and supporting and developing technical staff.
  • A passion for data science and data visualisation, and building your own and the wider team's capability through use of innovative techniques and modern tools.

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.

Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone's skills to improve people's lives.

We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.

Our work matters. You matter.  

What we offer you: 

  • Flexible working including part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours 
    and part-remote set ups 
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave
  • A generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan and Car 
    Lease schemes 

Next steps

Remote interviews will take place from the beginning of December. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job' below.

Please ensure your supporting statement includes demonstratable evidence and specific examples on how you meet the criteria for each of the key skills specified above and those given in the role profile.

This is a growing profession within NHS Digital and as such, we will be using this campaign to appoint to multiple vacancies, across multiple teams, both now and for the next 6 months.  It is an exciting time to join this profession and NHS Digital.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital's career site.

When uploading your supporting statement, please remove any personal details to allow for your application to be reviewed anonymously.