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Digital Integration Specialist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Job summary

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is engaged with a long term Shared Records programme as part of its Digital Strategy. EPUT Hosts a hosts a range of applications / databases supporting key business and clinical departments. The post holder is responsible for all functions relating to the technical integration of these systems as well as the development and support of bespoke applications in line with the EPUT Digital Strategy.

The Shared Records Programme and Patient Portal deployment will run for a minimum of three years.

Main duties of the job

Act as part of a small team responsible for designing, developing, testing, and maintaining shared records platforms across the Trust, using technologies including SQL Server, Oracle, NextGen (was Mirth), and other technologies as yet undetermined. An openness to learning is a key requirement for this role.

The individual will be expected to respond to support issues raised by applications, the Service Desk or the Infrastructure Teams. This will be in line with pre-defined service agreements but additionally there will be a need to show initiative in assessing the potential impact ensuring that their response provides best response with minimal impact to the organisation.

The post holder is required to document and maintain all service processes; this will require excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as a high degree of attention to detail.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • This technical role requires the incumbent to design, develop, test and implement solutions using their expert knowledge associated with development of application solutions in line with the digital strategy.
  • This technical role requires the incumbent to design, develop, test and implement solutions using their expert knowledge associated with integration of clinical messages within an Integration Engine environment in line with the digital strategy.
  • Maintain solutions directly related to the requirements of the development and integration team, and wider business.
  • Analyse, capture and document user and business requirements, in both a technical and non-technical format for clinical and digital services consumers.
  • Analyse, assess and feedback for digital services consumers the technical documentation provided by 3rd party suppliers.
  • This position has freedom to work independent of managerial supervision, in the delivery of their activities, within the framework of the Digital Strategy and guidance of the Digital Integration Lead, including responsibility for continuing development, improvement and expansion of the service.
  • To ensure that all development, testing, and release is documented to the agreed standards, in line with departmental policies and processes.
  • Maintenance and optimisation of the Trust integration engine(s) to ensure a standardised approach to the use of components and interfaces across all aspects of the systems landscape.
  • Develop and maintain technical systems documentation including all critical data flows for use within digital services.
  • To engage with support services, and the Digital Integration Lead, on the severity of faults and outages and to escalate appropriately.
  • Responsible for ensuring that development and integration policies are implemented and to assist and contribute to the upkeep of those policies.
  • Promote the role of the Digital Services within the Trust.
  • Provide support for all staff within the Digital Services teams, where appropriate.
  • The use of advanced Keyboard and mouse skills across multiple environments and platforms.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required by the Associate Director of Digital Service Development.
  • To provide training and guidance and to maintain technical knowledge and skill levels within the team, passing on own knowledge in training sessions, where appropriate.
  • Responsibility for the delivery of allocated tasks using recognised project management methodologies used within Digital Services.
  • The post holder is responsible for the safe use and operation of complex IT equipment i.e. clinical application servers.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the Development and Integration Team development environments, such as the databases and servers and ensure the relevant software is maintained and updated.
  • The post requires frequent long periods of concentration to analyse and implement new solutions or when resolving service failures.
  • The post holder will receive and interpret highly complex statistical information regarding clinical systems performance providing recommendations and expert advice to the Infrastructure Team members and IT Management teams as appropriate.
  • To communicate and present complex development and integration solutions to wide ranging individuals, such as nurses, clinicians, administrative and executive staff in a simplified way.
  • Responsible for providing specific technical input regarding development and integration requirements to third party suppliers.
  • Negotiate priorities regarding clinical and non-clincal systems developments with senior management, presenting where appropriate complex applications appropriate to the business requirement.
  • Use and adhere to the Trusts agreed Project management methodologies using available resources when delivering a complex development / integration project.
  • Contributes to strategies for development and integration to implement across the Trust.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, using own initiative, work unsupervised and prioritise own workload
  • Flexibility in handling changing or conflicting priorities and resilience in overcoming obstacles or crises.

Person Specification



  • Educated to master's degree level or able to demonstrate proven equivalent experience
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or proven equivalent experience


  • Prince 2 foundation certified
  • ITIL certification
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) or proven equivalent experience
  • Integration Engine Accreditation

Physical Requirements


  • Required to use VDU
  • Keyboard and mouse skills



  • Experience of one or more of C#, JSON, XML, XSLT, XPath, JavaScript, Web Services, SOAP, REST
  • Experience of SQL Server 2005 and above, Design, Development, Maintenance, and Performance tuning
  • Experience of Performing unit, system, integration, regression, load, and end-to-end testing


  • Experience of one or more of SharePoint, Active Directory,.NET Core, Cross platform mobile development for Windows, Andriod, iOS, .NET Framework, .NET All versions, .NET Winforms:, VB.NET, .NET Web:, ASP.NET, Ajax, HTML & CSS, Razor, Microsoft IIS, Visual Studio IDEs
  • Experience of Agile methodology
  • Experience with one or more of Mirth Connect, Tiani Spirit, HL7 2.x, fHIR
  • Experience of SQL Server 2005 and above, SQL Analysis Server, Reporting Services, Integration Services
  • Experience of MYSQL or Elastic DB
  • Experience of using testing tools
  • Experience of UAT Script-writing experience



  • Writing Technical Documentation
  • Presenting Ideas and solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both face to face and over the telephone
  • Understanding of HL7 Message structures
  • Evidence of capturing and implementing requirements analysis
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet targets and deadlines to expected levels of quality.
  • Flexibility in handling changing or conflicting priorities and resilience in overcoming obstacles or crises


  • Support / Advise on users documentation
  • Negotiation skills to effect positive and productive outcomes
  • Good understanding of the principles & delivery of Connecting for Health
  • Experience of working practices and datasets within the NHS
  • Track record of implementation of NHS or other large public sector IM&T systems

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