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Head of Data Development

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Head of Data Development to join the Information Development Team within the Information Services function of the Digital Directorate.

The team are responsible for the development and maintenance of the Health Board's Data Warehouse and its self-service reporting portal, ensuring timely access to required business intelligence. This is a key role to help deliver the Health Board's ambition to be a data driven organisation. The post holder will lead on data development and act as the lead technical information specialist for the Health Board.

There will be a range of opportunities to improve your skills within the Health Board while engaging with a range of roles within Hywel Dda University Health Board as well as Digital Health and Care Wales.

The role will be varied and will involve communicating with the internal & external stakeholders & suppliers, responding and acting in a professional manner at all times.

We are looking for an individual who can rise to the challenge of working in a busy friendly environment. The successful candidate will:
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have expert knowledge of database systems
  • Have expert knowledge of APIs
  • Have experience in Cloud technologies
  • Excellent people management and interpersonal skills

Although the job base is advertised as Glangwili General Hospital, the base is open to discussion/agreement at the interview. Hybrid working is possible.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the operational management of the Health Board's data warehouse, data acquisition solutions and information Business Intelligence solutions.

The successful candidate will be responsible for critical resources, coordinating systems, processes and technical staff activity to ensure data integrity and continuous and reliable systems availability throughout the Health Board.

The post holder will lead on implementation of a range of Health Board data warehousing and acquisition service policy, service development andcorporate initiatives which may impact across the organisation as agreed with the Head of Information Services.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 12,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (six of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will support the development of a strategic direction for the Health Boards data warehouse, data acquisition and business intelligencesolutions to support the Information Services portfolio and to align with the emerging National Data Resource.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 23/05/2024.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Knowledge


  • Masters level qualification or equivalent level of work experience.
  • Advance qualification or equivalent experience in data warehouse management or acquisition.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Development and maintenance of data warehouse solutions
  • Advanced SQL query writing ability and Integration Services package creation.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in data warehouse development cycle including change control, documentation, upgrades and archiving.


  • ITIL qualified or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • In-depth knowledge of NHS data sets.
  • Big data analytic technologies, including evaluating developing technologies and solutions, designing and developing distributed processing of large data sets, data mining, scalable machine learning.



  • Experience of managing change within a complex environment.
  • Proven experience in a data engineering or similar role in a formal development environment.
  • Experience of developing APIs/software.
  • Significant experience of managing performance monitoring and reporting processes across multiple teams.
  • Demonstrable success in building, leading, motivating and developing teams.
  • Ability to influence at all levels



  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1) or willingness to work towards

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Glangwili General Hospital

Dolgwili Road


SA31 2AF

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