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North Thames Genomics Medicine Service Informatics Director

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 Per annum inclusive
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced and talented ICT Professional looking to further your career working across regional and national NHS networks to implement ICT solutions that improve patient care and clinician experience? Are you also looking to work in an innovative and rapidly expanding area of care? If so, then this is the position for you.

Genomics is a rapidly expanding and innovative area of medicine, underpinning new treatments, technologies and approaches to managing patients with a wide variety including cancer, rare diseases and common conditions such as hypercholesterolaemia. Over time, genomics will inform more and more treatment decisions made by clinicians. The North Thames Genomic Medicine Service (NT GMS) is hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH), and is comprising of NT Genomic Laboratory Hub (GLH) and partner Genomic Medicine Service Alliances (GMSA).

The Informatics Director is a key member of the leadership team who will report to the NT GLH Chief Operating Officer and the GOSH Chief Information Officer. The successful applicant will work with the leadership teams of the both the NT GLH and NT GMSA to develop strategies and lead the implementation of IT systems required to deliver a first-class genomics service across our geography and beyond.

Please see document attached as advert for more information.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting time for both the North Thames GLH and GMSA as we are participating in several high-profile national projects and have the opportunity to participate in more in coming months under the leadership of the Informatics Director. For this reason, the successful applicant should therefore have proven experience in ICT project and programme management plus knowledge of information governance to deliver these solutions, systems and projects. You will have a strong ability to think strategically about the short, medium- and long-term needs of the GLH. You will possess the ability to understand and translate how technology will enable the unique needs of the GLH to deliver genomics across our population and beyond for the benefit of patients and clinicians. You will be able to communicate and engage with internal and external stakeholders, driving efficiencies, exploiting technological developments and getting best value. An ability to work across organisations is essential as you will need to work with the 7 organisations delivering genomic testing in the NT GLH, and other organisations across the geography to implement and embed IT systems and solutions that improve patient care and clinician experience.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks.

Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values
  • Knowledge and understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Academic/Professional qualificationrainin


  • Masters Degree or significant relevant experience
  • Professional Membership of a Project Management organisation (APM, PMI et al) or demonstrable skills and experience to the same level..
  • Prince 2 Project Management at Practitioner level or equivalent and/or recognised Programme Management qualification (such as Managing Successful Projects)
  • Business partner / relationship qualification ITIL or equivalent.
  • Broad knowledge of ICT Architecture, ideally in-depth or expert in one area.



  • Significant experience in IT within the NHS
  • Experience of planning and managing the technical aspects of IT Hardware and Software deployments, delivering to plan, and managing exceptions in a complex environment
  • Experience of Procurement and Financial Management in respect of complex IM& T Projects. With experience of financial planning, project reporting and risk evaluation.
  • Significant Experience of managing stakeholders in a complex environment and managing change
  • Significant and demonstrable technical knowledge of infrastructure such as storage and cloud architectures, non-clinical applications, interfacing and interoperability.
  • Understanding of IT Services Management (ideally using ITIL principles) and experience of these in an ICT environment
  • Knowledge of UK laws relating to public sector ICT procurement, contract negotiation and management
  • Knowledge of OJEU procurement and contact processes
  • Experience of operating at a strategic level within a large complex organisation



  • Skilled manager of people and resources in a flexible, complex environment made up of variable work teams and suppliers typified in project work.
  • Advanced written skills - able to write complex business papers, reports and policy documents that are suitable for approval by high level Trust groups.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to represent GOSH/ICT at events and meetings internally and in external environments
  • Strong communicator, particularly able to express technical ideas to a non-technical audience
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills, in particular in respect of procurement and IM& T contracts
  • Ability to work across institutions and boundaries between healthcare sectors to formulate and implement projects and deliver agreed benefits
  • Good business analytical skills and knowledge of budget management, business case development, financial planning and benefits realisation
  • Ability to assess complex project related issues within the healthcare environment and to identify solutions.
  • Able to work under pressure to achieve deadlines whilst managing frequent interruptions

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital



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