Information Governance Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Information Governance
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Quarry House
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
25/01/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and their wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. A lot of the work we do involves the commissioning of health care services in England. We commission the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and we support local health services that are led by groups of GPs called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). CCGs plan and pay for local services such as hospitals and ambulance services.

We have devised a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View. And now, with our partners, we are delivering that vision. This vision shows that we are getting serious about prevention, identifying and delivering improvements in health care, redesigning the NHS so it continues to meet the needs of patients, ensuring the NHS is financially sustainable and engaging the public in this whole process.

We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable.

As Corporate Information Governance Lead, the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective IG service facilitating and supporting managers and staff across NHS England.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a forward thinking, innovative team who strive to provide an efficient, effective and high quality professional and well-co-ordinated information governance service capable of meeting all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements ensuring alignment with the activity of the organisation. 

The post holder will:

  • Provide support across all areas of the Corporate Governance work programmes including but not limited to:
    • The Data Services for Commissioners work programme
    • Development of processes to embed the IG Operating model
    • Completion of the annual IG Toolkit assessment
    • Development of a robust incident management system
    • Reviewing and mapping direct and specialised commissioning data flows
    • Transition of Primary Care Services
  • Have a robust understanding of NHS intelligence landscape including: NHS data, data flows and quality, commissioning, performance, and data management.
  • Support work to ensure that NHS England IG policies and procedures are embedded in the directorates.
  • Liaise with and advise National Directors, Directors and functional leads where required.
  • Develop and maintain IG policies and procedures for NHS England to ensure the confidentiality, security and quality of personal and other sensitive information, ensuring compliance with legislation, standards and best practice.
  • Support the work required to enable NHS England to submit their annual IG Toolkit assessments and implement robust improvement plans where necessary.
  • Co-ordinate liaison with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) with regard to investigations, complaints and potential breaches where required.
  • Ensure records are managed to highest standards in each department/directorate, supporting the needs of the business, providing advice and guidance to staff and ensuring best practice is adhered to.
  • Have good project management skills, including the ability juggle competing priorities and tight deadlines for self and team, and work autonomously to drive own work programme and that of team members

The role supports the business in driving transformation as well as value for money in planning, commissioning and service. The role is designed to build a combination of subject matter expertise and technical skills to develop a strong service delivery.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Jon Shingleton

GDPR Programme Manager

Corporate Information Governance