Job Reference: 990-A-20-60615

Location: London or Leeds

Salary per: annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. With investment of more than £1 billion pounds a year nationally and a significant additional spend locally, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.


We are looking for an experienced Digital leader to lead NHSX’s mission to reduce barriers and enable the adoption and scaling of digital innovation across the NHS and in Social Care.


To achieve that goal, you will develop an unparalleled understanding of the healthtech sector, developing strong relationships with innovators, representative groups such as TechUK, and other entities working to accelerate the spread of new technologies and new ways of working into the NHS – such as the Academic Health Science Networks, the NHS Innovation Accelerator, and others. Using your knowledge and networks, you will develop a wide range of policies and programmes to support the healthtech community and to drive the uptake of innovative digital technologies.


These might include managing competitive funds, providing access to funding for promising early-stage companies, or delivering regulatory or procurement reforms. The specific activities will be shaped by your understanding of the market, the system, and their combined needs.


The output of this work will be improved patient care, a better working experience for staff, and increased productivity for the NHS and social care sector.


You will also oversee the Partnerships, Engagement and Communications function for NHSX, ensuring that we get key messages to stakeholders in an effective and helpful way.


Strong leadership skills will be key as well as high quality strategic and systemic thinking. We’re looking for a personable and confident professional who will strive for continuous improvement and innovation. Educated to degree level or equivalent, you value diversity and difference and operate with integrity and openness.


To find out more please see the attached candidate pack.


Please submit a CV together with a personal statement (maximum 1000 words.)


For further information please contact: 07721 644052


Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via NHS Jobs. If you have a query relating to your application, please contact the recruitment team on or 0300 330 1369.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

Contact name: Caroline Gibson

Contact telephone number: 07721 644052

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