Associate Director for Research & Governance – National Joint Registry (NJR)

Published: 12 Mar 2018

Closing date for applications: 06 Apr 2018 00:00

Location: Moorgate, London

Salary: £46,750 - £63,250 (HQIP Band B2)

Details: 1.0 FTE, permanent

The National Joint Registry of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJR) collects data about joint replacement surgery [hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, ankles] in order to provide an early warning of issues relating to patient safety improve the quality of outcomes and ensure cost-effectiveness of joint replacement surgery, through monitoring and reporting outcomes on orthopaedic implants, hospitals and surgeons, and supporting and enabling research. The NJR is the largest arthroplasty register and one of the most influential healthcare registries in the world with a significant international profile.

In terms of the research and data management, the NJR is a uniquely powerful resource that can support enquiry and demonstrate the value and impact of joint replacement surgery on patients. Demand for NJR data access is therefore high and while the registry’s aim is to make data widely available, this must be managed responsibly within an approved governance structure (GPDR) and overall research strategy.

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The NJR management team, based at HQIP, manages the registry’s work across its governance structure- comprising the NJR Steering Committee and eight NJR subcommittees – and services contracted through three key contracts covering data collection and management, statistical analysis, support and research and communications. We are now seeking to recruit to the post of Associate Director -Research and Governance to join the NJR team.

If you are seeking a new and exciting challenge to take a senior management role with an internationally recognised clinical register and have the relevant experience and skills, we would love to hear from you. We support flexible working and are based in the City of London.

The work of the NJR focuses on the following key strategic areas:

  • Patient safety and patient outcomes
  • Surgeon and Implant performance monitoring
  • Information availability and data access
  • Research and Data Management
  • Data Quality
  • International collaboration
  • Service Development
  • Stakeholder Communications

Key requirements of this position are:

  • Lead responsibility for overseeing the strategic development and programme management (including budget) of the NJR research and data governance functions working with the NJR research committee and Chair
  • Maintaining the NJR research request infrastructure
  • Providing advice and expertise on NJR research, data and information governance
  • Leading and coordinating work with the Department of Health Freedom of Information team on the management of NJR FOI requests
  • Leading and coordinating NJR submissions to the HQIP Data Access Request Group
  • Convening an NJR data access review group, overseeing development of a data access portal
  • Responsibility for overseeing recruitment and supervision of the NJR fellowship programme
  • Deputizing for the Director of Operations and Associate Director-Operational and Contract Management, as required.

Key personal specification requirements are:

  • Graduate or higher level and/or relevant professional qualification
  • Typically up to 10 years’ relevant experience
  • Good understanding of health policy, health service research, information and governance
  • Sound knowledge of procedures for academic research support, data governance and operational understanding of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act and the requirements of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation
  • Ability to employ professional judgement and capacity to deal with a complex work agenda
  • Good problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Sound supervisory and project management skills
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage relationships and collaborate effectively both internally and externally

How to apply

Please send your application form outlining how you meet the person specification to [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 6 April 2018 

Interviews are planned for: w/c 16 April 2018 

Feedback is only given to shortlisted applicants.