Test Analyst

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking for a new opportunity? Is complex change with digital technologies your speciality? Do you enjoy being involved in forward-thinking transformation to business processes?

The Integrated Laboratory Medicine (ILM) are deploying a new Laboratory Information Management System as part of a regional initiative. This is a significant programme of work for a critical service. Laboratory testing is key to patient care and needed in over 80% of patient diagnoses.

The ILM Directorate are on a quest for an enthusiastic Test Analyst on a fixed term 12 months appointment. You will be part of a large team of technical, scientific and clinical colleagues and support the test scheduling, co-ordination of test execution and defect reporting.

Previous applicants need not re-apply
  • Interview date: 16 June 2023
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual experienced in working with business transformational projects to co-ordinate the system testing by the ILM subject matter experts. We require someone who is energetic, resilient and confident to work independently, able to take the initiative and keen to be part of a team. You will be an excellent communicator at all levels demonstrating a diligent, disciplined and creative way of working, who enjoys the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment, which is driving forward new technologies. You will be joining a friendly and supportive organisation with a team of colleagues who all share a passion for patient care and desire to develop improved and innovative ways of working.

You will be required to work closely with the Project Manager and others within the ILM Project Management team, and liaise with staff and senior managers from the ILM and other Directorates.

Full details of the role and expectations of the successful post holder can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please note that this post is not suitable for remote working. The will be some flexibility between home working and office based but this may well need to vary at short notice.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role is responsible for supporting all relevant parties in the Trust in testing the functionality of the proposed new Laboratory Information Management System.

The key tasks for this post are:
  • Working within the Testing Team, under the direction of a Test Workstream Lead, assisting with the scheduling and co-ordination of testing of the new LIMS system for the Trust, improving the quality of the system being delivered;
  • Support the Test Workstream Lead and team by performing administrative and functional tasks to assist and coordinate test activities across the Trusts clinical and technical test process and nominated testers;
  • Tracking testing progress and completing the necessary test project controls provided to track progress and monitor where defects have been identified

  • The key skills required are:
  • Previous significant experience in supporting testing and delivery function in a complex and busy technical environment;
  • High organised and able to work under pressure prioritising work demands to meet critical deadlines often at pace as priorities change;
  • Methodical approach and high degree of accuracy;
  • Highly analytical and capable to assess priorities for review, including troubleshooting defects and related complex scenarios;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative;
  • Clear communicator across a wide range staff levels drawn from technical and non-technical environments;

  • Experience in project management techniques, including document management skills.

    Job Purpose
    • This post will require the post holder to work in the Test team under the direction of the Test Manager to demanding deadlines. The post will assist in improving the quality of systems delivered by IT by assisting the Test Manager with testing of new systems and changes to existing systems
    • The purpose of the role is to assist the Test Manager by performing administrative and functional tasks within the test process
    • Coordinate test activities between multiple delivery teams, arranging meetings, maintaining and following up action lists, raising defect reports on behalf of other teams where appropriate
    • Coordinate small department projects by keeping plans up to date, reporting to project management office, and liaising with other delivery teams to execute tasks
    • Complete Test documents including but not limited to test requirements, test entry and exit criteria, test scripts and test reports
    • Monitor and track progress of defects ensuring these are kept up to date in regards to schedules and status
    • Working with the Test Manager to prepare documentation for Project Gateways.
    • Assist Test Manager with system testing activities
    • Maintain professional relationships with users and peers to facilitate a productive dialogue relative to the Test Processes
    • Create and maintain documentation including keeping track of issues for future analysis
    • Update the eRecord regression testing suite as optimisations are tested.
    • Perform other duties and undertake special projects as requested by line management.

    As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

    Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

    Person Specification



    • Educated to at least HND level in an IT related subject or significant experience in an IT Test role
    • Possess technical certification or qualifications.


    • HND in an IT related subject
    • Certification in RPA
    • ISTQB Foundation



    • Knowledge of SDLC
    • Knowledge of Test Management
    • Experience of IT Systems Development


    • Previous experience working within IT Test in a large organisation
    • Experience of working in the NHS
    • Experience of working as a Systems Developer or Project Coordinator
    • Good understanding of hardware and software, processes and systems



    • Ability to converse fluently, logically and confidently with a wide range of levels of staff; possess good interpersonal and communication skills
    • Excellent computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office packages
    • Ability to perform as an effective team player, and on own initiative
    • Ability to explain the Test Processes to colleagues within the IM&T Directorate
    • Must have excellent documentation writing skills to correctly reflect requirements and results within test scripts.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, building effective professional relationships with end users, departmental system administrators and departmental managers
    • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential with the post holder expected to liaise with individuals up to Directorate Manager within the Trust
    • Good documentation filing skills
    • Ability to coordinate meetings


    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Establish and maintain informal internal or external relationships to gain knowledge that can be adopted and adapted to the improvement the IT department

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