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Information Governance Assurance Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Quarry House (Leeds), Skipton House (London) or Wellington House (London)
Leeds or London
£42,414 - £49,969 per annum
24/10/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and 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 their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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As an Information Governance Assurance Lead, the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective IG service that facilitates and supports managers and staff across NHS England and NHS Improvement. This post can be based in Leeds or London.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop, recruit and manage a new forward thinking and innovative assurance function that will ensure our organisations demonstrate efficient, effective and high quality information governance that meets all statutory, regulatory and NHS data protection obligations and enables us to meet our priorities and objectives.

The post holder will develop an IG assurance function that is pro-active and able to build positive and effective working relationships with teams and colleagues across both organisations to identify, explore and, where necessary, mitigate IG risks and concerns. They will be equally be expected to seek out and celebrate good IG practice within the operational delivery of teams. Specifically, they will:

  • Contribute to the development, recruitment and delivery of an operational IG assurance service to provide evidence and assurance to the Data Protection Officer and Board that the organisation remains at all times demonstrably compliant with the new Data Protection Act.
  • Once established, oversee the management and operational delivery of a data protection assurance service across NHS England, NHS Improvement, Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) and their data processors.
  • Co-ordinate, oversee and undertake deep-dive assurance exercises with teams, data processors and hosted bodies.
  • Directly manage a team of assurance officers and assistants spread between two locations.
  • Have a robust understanding of NHS intelligence and IG landscape including: NHS data, data flows and quality, commissioning, performance, and data management.
  • Have a strong understanding of data protection legislation, specifically the requirements of the GDPR and DPA18, and how it impacts NHS intelligence.
  • Employ rigorous, defined, consistent and documented assurance processes to teams and systems across organisations, and undertake associated reporting.
  • Support work to ensure that IG policies and procedures are embedded in the directorates and regions.
  • Liaise with and advise National Directors, Directors and functional leads where required.
  • Assure policies and procedures to ensure the confidentiality, security and quality of personal and sensitive information, ensuring compliance with legislation, standards and best practice.
  • 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.

This role will support the business in driving transformation as well as value for money in planning, commissioning and service development.  The post holder will require a combination of subject matter expertise in information governance and demonstrable experience in an audit or assurance role.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jon Shingleton

Senior Data Protection Planning and Assurance Lead

Corporate Information Governance, NHS England