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IGARD recruitment

We are looking to recruit IGARD members in 2021/22 and further information can be found below. 

Thank you for visiting our recruitment webpage.  Our current vacancies are:

  • Lay member (1 role available). You will have experience as a patient, participant in a research study, carer or service user;
  • Specialist member (2 roles available). You will be from an information governance, legal, commercial use of data, or health research background.

A copy of our advert is below and the role profiles for the lay member and specialist member can be found here IGARD member role profiles - NHS Digital.

Should you wish to apply for any of the roles (please indicate which role you are applying for in your covering letter), then forward a copy of your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter indicating how you meet the qualities of the role you are applying for, and return to the IGARD Secretariat Team (IGARD@nhs.net) by no later than midnight on Sunday, 19 September 2021


Would you like to be part of the Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD)?

NHS Digital is recruiting specialist and lay members to join IGARD, an independent advisory group that considers applications for health and care data. IGARD provides independent advice to NHS Digital, ensuring compliance with the relevant law and ethical principles with respect to the data that NHS Digital collects and disseminates.

Person specification

As a lay member you will have a willingness to familiarise yourself with basic working knowledge of health services, the duty of confidentiality, relevant law and the use of health information. You will have experience as a patient, participant in a research study, carer or service user.

As a specialist member you will have an understanding of the duty of confidentiality, data protection legislation relevant to health and care data, consent, clinical or health service research processes, and the Caldicott Principles. You will be from an information governance, legal, commercial use of data, or health research background. 

For both specialist and lay members you will have the ability to consider and debate a wide range of technical and policy information in an analytical manner, and to focus on key areas of importance without losing track of the bigger picture in order to put forward a recommendation. All members should actively contribute to review of applications outside meetings and contribute to discussions in-meeting.

For more information please visit our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/igard where you will find our Terms of Reference and standard operating procedures, minutes from previous IGARD meetings and role profiles.

Successful candidates are expected to prepare for and attend at least 50% of meetings and as directed by NHS Digital to meet its business needs, held weekly throughout the year via video conferencing or at our main office locations in Leeds and London.

The roles are remunerated through a managed service that NHS Digital holds in place through contract. Due to the nature of this you will be employed by that service and not directly by NHS Digital.

To apply for these roles or for further information please contact Victoria Williams, IGARD Secretariat Manager at: IGARD@NHS.net, or visit our recruitment page at: IGARD recruitment - NHS Digital

The closing date for the three posts is midnight on Sunday 19September 2021.

Last edited: 24 August 2021 8:43 am