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Test Lead

Northampton General Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum / pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to make a positive difference in our digital delivery across the Group?

We have recently developed a groupwide Digital Service providing digital services across University Hospitals of Northamptonshire Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Working together as a hospital group provides us with exciting opportunities to deliver benefits over and above what we could achieve as individual organisations and our approach to do once for both as set out in our Group Digital Strategy. In the development of our Groupwide Digital service, we have some great opportunities remaining in our teams!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Group Digital Division as a Test Lead. The post holder will be responsible for the testing function for all system upgrades, new deployments and system optimisation changes. The post holder will manage the end to end test function including (but not limited to) development of test plans, test scripts, interface testing and creating test reports.

The ability to travel between the Kettering General and Northampton General Hospital sites will be a requirement.

Main duties of the job

As a Test Lead, you will:

Be responsible for the development and design of the overarching testing framework for the group based on expert testing knowledge and experience, tailored to the unique needs of the organisations.
  • Set the standards for testing activities by applying best practice and ensuring that auditability is maintained throughout the testing process.
  • Be responsible for the planning and execution of testing phases with designated Trust clinical and non-clinical users for new implementations and existing system upgrades.
  • Manage the day to day running of the testing function and will require the production of test reports and similar collateral but will also involve actively progressing work with the resources assigned to the work and escalation of any blocking items as appropriate.

We are looking for a flexible, self-motivated and organised individual with a keen eye for detail and the ability to prioritise workload and deliver to deadlines.

You must be able to demonstrate analytical thinking and have the ability to work through problems to a resolution, with experience in communicating effectively with different stakeholders.

Working hours are Monday to Friday between 08:00 to 17.00 on a rota. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly to meet the demands of a 24/7 organisation, as well as occasionally work outside of the core working hours to support configuration changes and system upgrades.

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KGH) and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH) formed a hospital Group University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group on 1 July 2021. Working together as a hospital group provides us with exciting opportunities to deliver benefits over and above what we could achieve as individual, whilst each Trust retains its sovereignty.

Our vision is important for our patients as it delivers the infrastructure that enables seamless care across pathways, preventing delays and putting them at the centre of their care with access to, and control over, their own electronic health records.

Our Excellence Values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courageous
  • Accountable

Your contract will be with Kettering General Hospital, with responsibility and accountability across the Group Clinical Applications Team.

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the attached job description. The full person specification can be accessed within the same document.

For further details / informal visits contact:


Dan Simons

Job title

Clinical Applications Manager

Email address

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Educated to Masters level education or equivalent level or equivalent experience delivering Digital services
  • Recognised testing qualification
  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional development.


  • Project Management qualification, such as PRINCE II or experience of using structured project methodology

Knowledge & Experience


  • Professional experience providing support for clinical systems
  • Leadership of complex digital/IT testing plans while also developing and maintaining high standards of quality
  • Advanced systems development skills and technical knowledge across a broad range of clinical systems and software
  • Knowledge of digital healthcare standards and NHS datasets and their relationship to coding, finance and commissioning
  • Experience of contributing to the development of policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a team in an operational environment at a senior level (preferably in an NHS environment)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of clinical risk management policies and processes
  • Experience of developing and executing testing plans


  • Change management experience.
  • Excellent understanding of NHS IT systems and services



  • Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills suitable for a range of audiences
  • Able to clearly manage priorities for self and contribute to those of team in order to meet targets
  • Quality focused with an innovative approach and ability to solve complex problems
  • Must have a methodical, disciplined approach to working practices
  • Must be familiar with hospital environment and the role of EPR Systems in the clinical and business operation of the Trust
  • High level of proficiency in the use of IT tools, particularly Microsoft Office. Advanced keyboard skills

Key Competencies/ Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Ability to deliver to targets and deadlines
  • Able to perform confidently in stressful situations
  • Can constructively challenge and effectively manage conflict to reach a positive conclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital


NN16 8UZ

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