Working as a Senior Policy Advisor, you will be the lead subject matter expert for the Office of the National Data Guardian (ONDG) in information governance issues, providing expertise for staff at all levels, including to the National Data Guardian, her panel of advisors and external stakeholders.
The National Data Guardian (NDG) is an independent role sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care to advise the health and adult social care system to ensure that patient data is used properly and that confidential information is safeguarded securely.
About the role
- Lead on drafting National Data Guardian guidance, ensuring it is correctly prepared and consulted on.
- Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders within the health and adult social care sector and the public on responsible, ethical and lawfuluses of patient data.
- Provide subject matter expertise by interpreting and summarising complex legal issues and exercising judgement in line with mandatory and legal requirements.
- Respond to a range of queries from different stakeholders, including the public, health and care professionals, Department of Health and Social Care etc.
You will be part of a small, supportive team, 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.
The role is available on a fixed term basis for 18 months.
We want to make sure that you are set for success, these are the skills and experience you will have:
- Expertise in the common law of confidence and ethics is particularly important, alongside a sound knowledge of GDPR and of key current policy debates around the use of patient data.
- Proven experience in drafting and consulting over information governance advice and guidance for publication for the health and social care sector.
- An excellent communicator with honed interpersonal skills, confident, self-assured, reliable and outgoing, able to influence in a variety of for a including meetings.
- Experience of building strong relationships with key external players relevant to the NDG work e.g. Department of Health and Social Care, Information Commissioner’s Office, Health Research Agency, Royal Colleges, regulatory bodies.
What we offer
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
- Season ticket loan
- Car Lease scheme
- High profile work providing professional development and ability to significantly impact on health and care services
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.
We have proven expertise in delivering large scale technology infrastructure and work with our NHS partners to ensure the technology we build is adopted quickly, safely and effectively, bringing about maximum benefits for patients.
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.
We are proud of what we have achieved and our amazing people, many of whom have deservedly received public recognition in forums ranging from Women in IT awards to our own Queen’s Honours List.
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If you would like to discuss this role, please contact Jenny Westaway, Head of the Office of the National Data Guardian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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