Research and Governance Manager, National Joint Registry (NJR)

Published: 09 Dec 2019

Closing date for applications: 17 Jan 2020 17:00

Location: London, Aldgate

Salary: £32,300.00

Details: Full time, permanent

Are you seeking a new challenge to help drive improvement in patient outcomes? Would you value an opportunity to develop your skills in a project-based role?…….then, we would love to hear from you.

HQIP is a small, dynamic organisation with a broad remit which commissions and manages the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme on behalf of NHS England with whom we work closely. In addition, HQIP hosts the NJR which is managed as a separate entity.

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. It is managed by the NJR Steering Committee, designated as an NHS England ‘expert committee’ and reports through the NJR Chairman to NHS England.

The NJR management team, based at HQIP, manages the registry’s work across its governance structure -comprising the NJR Steering Committee and eight NJR sub committees – and services contracted through two key contracts covering data management and solutions and statistical analysis and support. We are now seeking to recruit to a new post of Research and Governance Manager to join the NJR team.

Research and Governance Manager, National Joint Registry

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:

  • Day to day management of work-streams related to NJR data access and supplier feedback requests, ensuring the integrity of NJR’s data sharing processes and their application.
  • Coordinate compliance with the requirements of the NJR’s data security framework and established structure and governance processes, and broader alignment with HQIP information governance frameworks.
  • Facilitate, attend and provide administrative support to the NJR Data Access Request Group and NJR Research Committee, and be responsible for agendas, minutes and action lists arising.
  • Maintain on behalf of the NJR a comprehensive record of all Data/Supplier Feedback Request decisions and all data sharing agreements within NJR in a central repository for reporting and record keeping Best Practice.
  • Co-ordinate the input of the NJR’s contractors in project delivery as required.
  • Provide support to NJR Research Committee to ensure the integrity of data flows and the legal basis to share/receive data for all research applications, facilitating liaison between NJR RC and HQIP DARG for all project approvals.
  • Work with the NJR Deputy Director of Operations and Chair of the Research Committee to ensure successful implementation of information governance protocols in relation to the NJR Data Access Portal.
  • Develop and maintain an Information Register of all research project IG activity including all relevant approvals for legal basis for sharing (REC/ethics, Section 251, Consent Forms, Data Security and Protection Toolkit scores or equivalent) and other relevant project documentation.
  • Liaise with NJR Lot 1 Contract provider to co-ordinate external applications for data linkage (HES, PEDW, ONS) and associated permissions on behalf of the NJR and ensure timely submission of relevant applications to external bodies (e.g. CAG – Section 251, NHS Digital).

Key personal specification requirements are:

  • Degree or equivalent level experience in a relevant subject.
  • 5+ years relevant experience within identified area of responsibility, in either the NHS or allied bodies.
  • A good understanding of UK Data Protection legislation
  • Proven track record of successful IG and/or research governance management.
  • Awareness of Information Governance agenda as it relates to health service research
  • Able to work with autonomy within a framework of policies and procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, ability to liaise

How to apply                                           

To apply, please download a copy of the job description and application form and return the completed application form, declaration of interest and equal opportunity monitoring form to [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 17 January 2020 5pm 

Interviews are planned for:  Week commencing 27 January 2020

Due to the high volume of applications, feedback is only given to shortlisted applicants.

Further information

For further information about the post, please contact Chris Boulton, NJR Deputy Director of Operations on [email protected]