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Systems and Development Lead

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£78,163 to £88,884 Per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an excellent opportunity to help create a leading digital leadership function in the NHS. Reporting to the Associate Director - Digital Operations, the Systems and Development Lead is our Trust Integration Engine lead, responsible for leading our Systems and Development teams. These teams comprise of: Systems (EPMA, EMIS, System One and RiO), Digital Development, Clinical Systems Helpdesk, Systems Training, Transformation and Deployment Systems Administration. This role will provide effective leadership and direction to ensure high performance and delivery of complex large scale application upgrades and replacements. Accountable for the development and delivery of a renewal and upgrade for Trust digital applications, the successful candidate will be working in collaboration with our Programme Management colleagues.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced leader with proven management skills and significant experience working closely with clinical systems. You will be accustomed to leading clinical systems upgrades, and proficient in the use of digital tools. We are looking for the successful candidate to showcase a proven track record of building strategy and delivering transformation for clinical systems in a complex environment.

You will be accustomed to working with suppliers and comfortable engaging with stakeholders across the business. In return, you could be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative, in order to ensure the Trust develops a leading digital function.

About us

Originally formed in 2000, ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental health care, innovation and improvement. We care for a population of more than 750,000 and we are proud to serve one of the most culturally diverse parts of the UK. In Bedfordshire and Luton, we are now responsible for a further 630,000 people's mental health and community health care needs. Wherever patients receive our services and from whichever team, our values of care, respect and inclusivity underpin all that we do. Valuing the diversity of our local population is fundamental to realising our vision to provide outstanding healthcare to our diverse community. In September 2016, the Trust was proud to be rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, and the Trust was once again rated at 'Outstanding' by the CQC in June 2018 and 2021.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our Board have clear ambition to be a Digital First organisation. Our digital strategy is a collaboration between the Trust senior management team, the Digital Team, and a wide range of stakeholders who firmly believe in building upon our digital capabilities to ensure ELFT are regarded as pioneers in Digital. The scale of response to the COVID-19 pressures, particularly enabling remote and mobile working, and setting up the Stratford vaccination centre, has been remarkable. However, there are also significant challenges to address. Digital tools and services are now fundamental to the management and delivery of our services. This is an extremely exciting time to be joining our Trust on this journey.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent experience
  • Management/leadership qualification or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Further relevant training


  • Project Management Qualification



  • Extensive experience of system configuration, deployment, support, training, development and maintenance
  • Experience of leading a testing team for clinical systems in an NHS Trust setting
  • Experience of leading on upgrading clinical systems in an NHS Trust setting
  • Responsibility for management of significant budget including budget setting and adhering to financial processes and procedures
  • Proficient in use of Digital systems
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office
  • Risk management and governance
  • Proven experience of working in a senior management/leadership role
  • Experience of managing and motivating a large team or teams
  • Leading significant changes in practice in a complex environment to improve performance/services
  • Leading complex and multi faceted work streams
  • Identifying and interpreting national policy and implementing required changes
  • Business case development



  • In depth understanding of change management
  • Financial procedures including budget setting and working knowledge of financial processes
  • In depth understanding of the current NHS agenda and healthcare policy including transformation and workforce
  • Good understanding of the relationship between providers and commissioning organisations
  • Demonstrable knowledge of service improvements and project management



  • High level of analytical and problem solving skills - ability to analyse highly complex data & sensitive information and make high level judgements including ability to responding timely manner to planned and unexpected demands
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal - able to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive information and use persuasion, influencing and negotiation at a high level with individuals and groups including stakeholders
  • Negotiation on controversial issues including performance and change
  • Ability to embrace, lead and drive change in a complex environment
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and direct the work of others and adjust plans as required both in the short and long term
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the role
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to improve performance and services
  • Able to lead and direct others to accomplish organisational goals and objectives



  • o Understanding of Equal Opportunities in the NHS & Equality & Diversity agenda.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


The Green


E2 9NJ

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