Privacy Specialist - National Data Guardian

Job reference: 001856

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 07/03/2021

Salary: £38,890 (Band 7)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

We are critical to the UK’s response to COVID-19. We are looking for a Privacy Specialist  to join the Office of the National Data Guardian (ONDG), which is hosted by NHS Digital.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has underlined the crucial role of data protection, confidentiality and transparency in improving access to data across our health and care system. It has not only vividly demonstrated how data can save lives but has shown the importance of engaging people and being open about how their information is being used. 

The Office of the National Data Guardian (ONDG) is involved in a broad range of activities including supporting the development of policy and legislation for data use, responding to enquiries, planning and co-ordinating events, and managing the Private Office of the NDG

In this role you will help ensure that the NDG serves the interests of the public by advising the health and care system on how data can be used in a way that supports individual care, benefits the public more broadly while also protecting people’s trust in a confidential health and care system.

 Please note this is a Fixed Term Contract for 12 months. 

As a Privacy Specialist in the Office of the National Guardian you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the National Data Guardian to serve the interests of the public by advising the health and care system on how data can be used in a way that supports individual care and benefits the public. 
  • Providing direct support to senior colleagues from bodies such as the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), commissioners (CCGs), NHS trusts, members of the public, researchers and knowledge bodies (e.g. universities, research bodies and charities).
  • Providing timely, clear, and practical privacy advice on a variety of matters, services, projects and effectively explaining and communicating that advice to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Reviewing data sharing proposals and policy from other organisations, including from key stakeholders such as Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Digital, and provide a view as to their appropriateness.
  • Undertaking some research, investigation, and analysis on data protection legal issues.

About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring:  

  • Up-to-date working knowledge and a good understanding of data protection and confidentiality law and legislation best practice and guidance. 
  • Experience of writing and drafting documents to a good standard, with the capability to convey various tones and styles, writing at different levels to suit the audience and subject matter, with an attention to detail.
  • Understanding of key data protection and confidentiality rules and concepts and their application to large scale technology and data driven processes, services, and information systems e.g. Privacy by Design, Data Protection Impact Assessments, Lawful Processing, GDPR accountability requirements and transparency requirements.
  • Exposure to advising on data sharing arrangements involving sensitive data amongst different controllers and processors.


  • Educated to Post-Graduate level (in a relevant subject) or equivalent relevant experience within a professional working environment.
  • Specialist accredited privacy qualifications in GDPR and DPA 2018 at practitioner level or equivalent e.g. (but not limited to) BCS, ISEB, PDP, IAPP qualifications such as CIPP & CIPM.

What we offer

In addition to planned, transparent progression you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Flexible working including part-time hours, job shares, flexible hours and part-remote set-ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme 
  • Contributory Pension (with a contribution from us equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes which include our Season Ticket Loan and Car Lease schemes

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About us

The role will be based within the Office of the National Data Guardian (ONDG), which is hosted by NHS Digital. While the postholder will be an NHS Digital employee, an agreement is in place between NHS Digital and the National Data Guardian (NDG) which outlines that the NDG has operational independence day-to-day. The postholder will report to the Head of the ONDG, who reports to the NDG.

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and care system. Our task is to build and run excellent digital products and services that NHS and care staff across the country can rely on every day.

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Next steps

Interviews will take place mid March remotely on Microsoft Teams . 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.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital’s career site. Within your application we are looking for you to demonstrate you have the skills and experience outlined in the role profile. When uploading your CV, please remove any personal details to allow for your application to be reviewed anonymously.