Director of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

NHS Digital

Leeds and/or London

  • Location

    Leeds and/or London

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Digital, Data & Technology, Health

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Attractive salary from £100,000 and package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 July 2020

  • Client

    NHS Digital

Ref: GSe64344

About NHS Digital

NHS Digital is the national digital, data and technology delivery organisation for the Health and Care system. We design, build, deploy and operate national digital products and services commissioned by the NHS and various other bodies, upon which our health and care system, patients, clinicians and colleagues depend. We are the invaluable hub through which our broad communities access state of the art technical applications, platforms, services, products and capabilities, to transform the provision and quality of health and care in England.

NHS Digital delivers a very broad and complex set of technical applications, platforms, services and capabilities to support the transformation of health and care.  Delivery of this agenda depends upon our ability to continue to grow our capabilities, particularly in areas such as data science and machine learning.  Whilst building these new capabilities and delivering new services and products, it is imperative that our existing services, particularly those that are classed as Critical National Infrastructure, are maintained at the highest level of stability, security and performance. In addition, we are responsible both for the cyber security of NHS Digital systems, and for guiding, supporting, monitoring and reporting on cyber security across the health and care sector.

As the national safe-haven for patient data, a critical aspect of our work is ensuring appropriate information governance controls over all systems and the data that we process and share.  NHS Digital has been given the statutory powers to collect, hold, link, and analyse record-level patient identifiable data within our safe-haven environments.  We are also able to disseminate data and publish information derived from this data under strict controls that ensure patient confidentiality is protected and public trust is maintained.  Central to the maintenance of patient confidentiality and public trust is use of privacy enhancing technologies.

The Role

The Director of Privacy Enhancing Technologies will be a key a key member of the Data Directorate Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Chief Data Officer. The primary focus of the role will be to build world-class capability and capacity for NHS Digital to explore and exploit new opportunities for embedding privacy enhancing tools, methods and technologies into one of the most diverse, complex data architectures the world has to offer.

The Director of Privacy Enhancing Technologies will draw upon their own industry or technology background to position NHS Digital as an exemplar in this field providing the leadership and expertise on all aspects of privacy enhancement spanning policy, practice and technology.  They will oversee the deployment of systems and processes to ensure that sensitive personal health and social care data is protected and processed in ways that protect privacy but also facilitate the safe sharing and use of data to benefit patients and society. 

The Person

Working within the Technology or Research sectors, you will be recognised expert in your field, with a proven track-record of leading and delivering pioneering large-scale projects in Privacy Enhancing Technologies of relevance or potential relevance to the healthcare IT sector. You will have led expert teams, building the capability and capacity of those teams to position your organisation at the forefront of this specialist field.  You will be collegiate by nature, comfortable operating in a senior leadership role, but with the ability to engage multi-disciplinary stakeholders across all levels in the organisation to support your research and development effort. You will be educated to postgraduate level and ideally possess a recognised Data Privacy related professional qualification.

This role represents an unrivalled and unique opportunity to lead and shape thinking for the NHS on how the Service can best develop and exploit opportunities to enhance data privacy for patients and all those engaged in delivering world class health and care.

What we offer

In addition to a competitive salary you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • 27 days annual leave entitlement increasing with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme
  • Contributory Pension (with a 20.6% contribution from us toward the cost of your 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  

If you have the ambition and confidence to step up to make this role your own, please find out more by contacting us.

Closing Date for Applications 23.59hrs Sunday 12th July 2020
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c Monday 13 July 2020 & w/c Monday 20 July 2020
Psychometric Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement Sessions & Fireside Chats (FSC)w/c 27 July 2020 & w/c 3 August 2020
Final Panel Intervieww/c Monday 10 August 2020

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Adrian Barlow: 07393 011150

Peter Guilder: 07545 441 127

Eleanor Lawrence: 020 7426 3379