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Data Scientist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a Data Scientist, who will deliver impactful analytical products as part of an analytical service to the Trust's clinicians and operational staff.

This is a Fixed Term position until the 30th June 2025, current ESNEFT employees will be offered on a secondment basis.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to help build the Trusts' data science capabilities and drive the way the Trust uses analytics to improve operational performance and patient care.

You will be part of the Business Informatics Team who focus on providing analysis to help the Trust become an insight-driven organisation and to enable it to self-serve its data needs.

We are looking for a data scientist with strong technical skills in managing data and working with data warehouse environments, developing business intelligence products (including interactive visual reports), data modelling, and producing analysis using statistical software (e.g. R and Python).

The Data Scientist will use their technical skills to implement statistical analysis, develop simulation models, data visualisation, and automated reporting solutions. Previous experience of the NHS is desirable but not essential. However, you will be highly numerate, an excellent problem solver, a logical thinker, and comfortable communicating analysis.

We welcome applications from students finishing or in the process of finishing their Master in Data Analysis/Data Science or similar discipline.

Main duties of the job

  • You will work with the Head of Analytics to provide analysis of complex data sets, developing specialist analytics skills to min, analyse and model data to provide specialist advice to the wider Trust and develop the Business Informatics Team's data science capabilities.
  • You will provide a specialist analytics business intelligence function to operational and clinical colleagues across the Trust, producing analysis and visual reports that meets the analytical needs of end users of Trust data, communicating analysis with clarity and impact.
  • You will provide specialist knowledge and practice skills in the implementation of analytical techniques (including statistical analysis, predictive modelling and forecasting, and mining of data) to support Business Informatics colleagues deliver an effective business intelligence function to the Trust.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of theresponsibilitiesand dutiesof this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Educated to masters level or equivalent experience in a numerical subject, such as Maths, Physics, Economics, Operational Research, Statistics or Social Research.
  • Knowledge of a range of statistical/numerical techniques, procedures acquired through qualification to degree level, or equivalent relevant experience.


  • Further training in analytics and statistical analysis where relevant
  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Use of statistics software, including R and/or Python.
  • Experience using MS office applications including Excel.
  • Data retrieval using SQL, analysis and presentation of information.
  • Experience analysing and visualising data in R
  • Experience of working in a large NHS organisation.


  • Experience of working in a data science role
  • Identifying and interpreting national policy and implementing required changes

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in at least one programming language commonly used for analysis
  • Advanced user of MS Office suite, in particular Excel & SQL Server
  • Benchmarking, modelling and forecasting skills
  • Knowledge of data warehouse environments
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal


  • Advanced user in R or Python
  • Use of analytical techniques, including supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms, such as regression modelling, decision trees and classification.
  • Automation using SQL, VBA, and Microsoft apps
  • Understanding of NHS data flows and information issues, including Data Standards, the Secondary Uses Service and commissioning information
  • Working knowledge of NHS Data Standards and Information Systems
  • NHS IT systems

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust





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