Data Science Graduate

Job reference: 01114

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 30/11/2019

Salary: £24,214

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: 37.5

About the Role
Data drives decisions leading to improvements and positive change in healthcare. This means developing high quality analytical and data science skills using the rich datasets available to the NHS.

Using data to improve services for patients is at the heart of what you will learn. Our work-based graduate scheme is designed to increase your experience of analysis, statistics, data management and data science.

Over the 2 years you will get the opportunity to work with multiple teams and services, providing you with a unique understanding of the kinds of roles we have within our Data, Insights and Statistics directorate at NHS Digital.

You can find more information about our teams and publications on our website:

You will be working with other graduates, both new to the role like yourself and those who have completed the graduate scheme. Along with the wider team, a career mentor and a growing trainee community, we are committed to providing the support you need to succeed. 

At NHS Digital we see our graduates as future leaders and influential specialists. You will have the opportunity to be mentored by members of our Leadership Programme to ensure that you develop expertise in your subject area while gaining an understanding of business and strategy.

We are looking for People who are:

  • Interested in using data to improve health outcomes
  • Passionate about information, data and new technologies
  • Committed to professional development

You will have (or are studying towards) a minimum 2:1 undergraduate or Masters degree, in a STEM or data-related degree.

And have demonstrable experience of data science, analytics or statistics in either coursework, personal projects, dissertation or thesis.

About us

At NHS Digital we are working to bring about a digital revolution in the provision of health and care. Our aim is to secure a financially sustainable future for the universal care system of which we are all so proud.? What we do enables health and care professionals to care for people safely and more effectively. 

We power the research that is developing new ways of tackling disease and fully support the role the Government wants the NHS to play in keeping the UK at the forefront of life sciences research.?

In the future, the information we make available and the technology systems we build will mean health and care provision in our communities can be brought closer together to make it more efficient and effective. We will give people the information and digital tools they need to support their own health and care choices and outcomes and enable health and care professionals to work more productively.?

This is a chance to be part of an organisation that makes a real difference on a national scale.
NHS Digital values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities.

What we offer

On successful completion of the scheme you will be assessed and as a professional could be earning £37K+. Entrants to the scheme would be earning £24K+ on a two year fixed term contract.

In addition to a competitive salary with planned, transparent progression you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • 27 days annual leave entitlement increasing with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme
  • 14% contribution to your NHS pension
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • A range of NHS Discounts covering, for example, shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance - including 20% off at Nando’s!
  • Car Lease scheme

We are able to offer Tier 2 sponsorship providing we meet the Home Office criteria for more information contact

What’s next?

Following your application, you will be invited to complete an online assessment then, if shortlisted, invited to complete an online interview. 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre in Leeds in February. Job offers will be issued shortly after.

This vacancy will close to new applications when a sufficient number have been received. This means applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Roles at NHS Digital are subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service following an acceptance of an offer of employment. Basic checks provide details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


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