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DiiS Data Scientist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dorchester / Poole
£35,392 to £42,618 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 6
Full Time
Digital change within the NHS is gathering pace, and a key pillar in delivering change across an Integrated Care System (ICS) is the Data Science discipline. The team work closely with a variety of clinicians and operational teams and use their detailed domain knowledge todevelop solutions that create positive impact in the system and for the population.

The role will be working in the Dorset Intelligence and Insight Service (DiiS).

The technologies used by the team are diverse, and the post holder should be prepared to use the right tool for the job. The type of skills relevant to the role are (but not limited to) ...Python, SQL, Azure, DevOps, GitHub.

The work of the team is broad and varied, and in an ever-changing health and social care landscape a pragmatic and flexible attitude is essential. The team supports many disciplines across the Integrated Care System both from a clinical, operational, and business intelligence perspective. The post holder will get involved in all areas of the team's work, and continuously inspect, adapt, and evolve.

The post holder will be required to learn new skills, to innovate, to get involved in projects large and small, and contribute to the future direction of the team and how it operates.

Main duties of the job

Working within the Dorset Intelligence & Insight Service (DiiS) and Dorset County Hospital (DCH) you will be instrumental in the design and delivery of Dorset's approach to population analytics. You will be working collaboratively with system stakeholders ensuring that analytical programme plans are developed, maintained, and delivered.

This role represents an excellent opportunity for development with a huge scope to really make a difference to the way we deliver services in Dorset and to hugely impact outcomes for patients. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a confident, flexible, pro-active and responsive approach combined with the resilience to deal with shifting priorities and demands.

About us

We are joining up across the Dorset Health and Care system to tackle all the factors that affect our health and wellbeing, make real change, and improve wellbeing within our communities. Dorset ICS is made up of: NHS Dorset Integrated Care Board, University Hospitals Dorset Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust, Dorset Council, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council, 194 town and parish councils, 18 primary care networks (made up of 80 GP practices), South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, Dorset Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, 7,300 voluntary organisations. What we do: The Health and Care Bill puts ICS' on a statutory footing empowering them to better join up health and care services, improve population health, and reduce health inequalities. ICSs have four core purposes: Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare, Tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access, enhance productivity and value for money- Help the NHS support broader social and economic development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to: Develop data science models in Python to meet users needs. Use statistical, machine learning and AI approached to solve problems. Use a range of technologies and platforms to develop solutions. Design, build, test, modify and maintain models creating applications to enable selfserve analytics. Bring together a range of data and data sources to assists with model development. Make effective use of development practices such as version control, unit testing,planning, DevOps, etc. Write, review, and maintain detailed system documentation. Effectively communicate technical knowledge to both technical and non-technicalcolleagues. Understand how new tools fit into the wider technical landscape

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • Degree or qualification or relevant experience
  • Professional qualification in relevant area
  • Relevant industry recognised training

Data & Analysis


  • You are skilled in applying various analytical techniques, considering their limitations, and consulting experts when needed. o You ensure work meets stakeholders needs and is in line with standards as expected. o You can propose techniques appropriate to business problems and the characteristics of datasets.
  • You carry out routine data quality checks and remediation such as handling missing data or outliers and performing data cleansing. o You recognise where external data sources can be integrated with own datasets. o You can create new datasets through the manipulation of multiple data sources, including linking or matching data using techniques already established in the work area.


  • You have detailed understanding of supervised, unsupervised, semi-supervised and reinforcement models and where these methods are most effective. You have skills in Python to enable more detailed Machine Learning models.
  • You can use decision trees and cluster analysis in addition to simpler techniques. You communicate about methods and related limitations to stakeholders
  • You know all standard advanced statistical techniques and keep up to date with new developments e.g. time series modelling using ETS, ARMA, ARIMA, BATS, TBATS etc. You understand the context for these developments and their limitations

Communication, Professionalism & Ethics


  • You can translate technical knowledge to non -technical audiences and can tell a story with data and analysis.
  • You can interpret stakeholder needs and identify appropriate tools and techniques and explain the relevance of these as well as any benefits or weaknesses.
  • You contribute and maintain documentation to assure that appropriate quality control activities and ethics considerations have taken place.


  • You identify and own opportunities to further own professional development and share that knowledge with others.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital / Canford House, Poole

Dorchester / Poole


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