Following a period of development, knowledge building and sharing within the Adult Social Care team at NHS Digital, we are seeking to continue the success of our secondment programme with a stream of secondments into the team from local authorities. Successful secondees will support the development and publication of national data flows, for the benefit of the adult social care sector. These are also an opportunity for individuals to work with us at a national central organisation and gain experience and knowledge of our national statistics and processes.
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NHS Digital are currently seeking to recruit a number of secondees from local authorities. We wish to draw on their experience of working with a range of adult social care data, to improve our understanding of the uses and flows of data within the sector.
The purpose of these roles will be to:
- provide expert guidance and insight about the collection of mandatory data returns, including the development of appropriate data quality processes and guidance documentation
- take a relevant role in the development of specific aspects of national data collections, engaging with data providers across local authorities (as appropriate)
- provide expert advice and input into the preparation of Official and National Statistics and the development of solutions which best fit the needs of stakeholders and customers including local authorities, DHSC, ADASS, LGA, CQC
- support NHS Digital staff in jointly chairing the relevant collection user groups to ensure that sector level concerns are being communicated appropriately
- confidently engage with stakeholders and colleagues
- participate in knowledge transfer to ensure the analytical team develops a wider knowledge of local government practices and areas of concern for the sector
These secondment roles would be suitable for experienced performance/data or information analysts, finance professionals or individuals who are familiar with the data from one (or more) of the adult social care data returns, who would like the opportunity to:
- influence the development, content and analysis of national data collections and the way in which our official statistics are disseminated
- develop their communication skills through involvement with collection user groups and local authority networks
- increase their knowledge of national data and information standards, policies and procedures
- bring their experience to bear in developing the knowledge of the NHS Digital adult social care statistics team
- obtain insight into the production of national and official statistics.
Secondees will be expected to cover Senior Information Analyst roles (NHS Agenda for Change band 7 - £33,222 to £37,570 + London weighting where applicable).
We would also be interested in talking to you about other options (e.g. ‘acting up’ or whether we have other suitable work) if you are interested in a secondment but your substantive salary currently falls outside this range.
We are happy to be flexible on work patterns during any proposed secondment; ensuring that they meet the requirements of NHS Digital, yourself and those of your substantive employer.
For example, secondments could be tailored to fit one or two days per week for a period of time, or blocks of time such as one week per month, or a block of one month.
We are especially interested in local authority colleague(s) with experience of any of the following:
Questionnaire design, conducting social research (preferably in adult social care) and presenting findings. Experience of creating surveys and the use of online survey tools would also be beneficial.
Data analysis within adult social care, to assist in the development of our insightful publications, to meet local and national user needs. Experience of performing and interpreting regression statistics is also desirable.
Adult social care commissioning and/or delivery, a working knowledge of data collections and reporting, Short and Long Term Support (SALT) and other statutory reports would also be desirable.
Local government finance and accounting to assist in developing subject matter knowledge and expertise for these areas, knowledge of ASC-FR and DPA would be beneficial
Our head offices are in Leeds, within easy reach of the train station. We also have three hub offices across England.
Our hub locations are:
Secondees would be assigned to a ‘home’ office and would utilise the available technologies to stay in touch with the Adult Social Care Statistics team. There would be an expectation of regular visits to the main office in Leeds (as required and agreed).
Travel and subsistence expenses would be payable to cover any costs incurred.
How to apply
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Expression of interest
Please provide your:
- contact details
- current employer/substantive salary
- professional summary – current role, relevant experience(s)
- summary of your qualifications, skills and areas of expertise
- what you hope to get out of the secondment
- any other relevant information – such as availability, working pattern, preferred location
Email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject heading of “EOI Social Care Secondment”
All suitable applicants will then be invited for an informal interview to assess suitability, discuss preferred working pattern and meet the team.
Recent secondee – Toria Taylor
I have worked for East Riding of Yorkshire Council for 18 years, 10 years in adult social care and the last 4 in the Performance Team. In my role I undertake all the collections on a yearly basis and provide analysis on data to senior managers within Adult Services to inform our future business and existing performance indicators. My key areas are SALT, safeguarding adults, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and carers.
During my time with NHS Digital as a secondee, I have supported the team through increasing their knowledge of safeguarding adults, DoLS, Guardianship and SALT, which included answering external queries from local authorities and external organisations. I have contributed to the annual national statistical reports and linked publications, and led the development of the Guardianship page for the Analytical Social Care Hub using PowerBI.
I have enjoyed working with the Social Care Collections team. Building networks, assisting in the development of publications and PowerBI and sharing knowledge with each other has improved our understanding and improves working methods and software, which I am able to bring back to my council.
The secondment has been extremely beneficial for me. It has helped me to develop my understanding of how NHS Digital work on their collections and analyse the data to showcase the work that all councils do. I've also been able to influence and contribute to NHS Digital from a local authority perspective to increase knowledge. I would wholeheartedly encourage local authority staff who have a good level of knowledge and understanding of adult social care to consider a secondment. The team are a fantastic bunch to work with, are very welcoming and appreciative of everyone’s skills.
Recent secondee - Jonathan Kilworth
During my time with the Adult Social Care (ASC) statistics team, I’ve worked with them to prepare for visits to local authorities and the recent workshops. I’ve contributed and provided subject matter expertise to the team in answering especially technical questions on SALT which have been received. I’ve provided guidance and support to the analytical section heads for SALT and surveys relating to the national publications, including the way in which data is made available through CSV files, the types of analyses that local authorities would find most helpful and some of the narrative within the published summary reports.
I’ve led on a review of the national data collections for Adult Social Care, which focused primarily on SALT (activity), Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR, finance) and Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC, safeguarding). I’ve interviewed over 40 individuals and groups who collect and use the data, in order to understand their requirements and capture their suggestions, in order that the data collections nationally can continue to develop to meet the needs of key stakeholders. I’ve presented the findings and associated suggestions to the Data Delivery Action Group (DDAG). Following further discussion, the results of this report and its recommendations will be presented to the Data and Outcomes Board (DOB) that oversees all the national adult social care data collections for action.
I have enjoyed working with the analytical section heads and their teams, and was able and actively encouraged to bring my own perspective to enhance their understanding of how a local authority works and what we need in order to better run our departments. It was good to work with all members of the team and to have the opportunity of these free and open discussions.
I would encourage local authority officers who have a strong understanding of the data collections and experience in using data successfully to improve their own organisations to consider applying for a secondment. The opportunity to be able to influence and contribute as NHS Digital take the next important steps in how data is collected and made available (such as looking at record level data collection) is a valuable one. The opportunity to learn more about the challenges in producing national and official statistics and developing data collections has also been very useful.
Recent secondee – Ash Mansoor
I have worked for Kirklees Council for over 20 years, the last 8 years as the Deputy Manager for the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Team, supporting the work of Kirklees Safeguarding Adult Board. My key areas of work are safeguarding adults, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). My role is varied, managing the DoLS admin team, service development, providing expert advice and guidance, delivering training and briefings, leading projects, chairing meetings, development of policy and procedures, leading and supporting the Board’s workplan. I also lead on developing our partnership working and ensuring our systems capture the information for data collection to meet the needs of the local authority, the Board and our services users.
During my time with NHS Digital as a secondee, I have been involved in the development of the guidance for both the Safeguarding Adults and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) collections, and contributed to the annual national statistical reports and linked publications. I have supported the team through increasing their knowledge of safeguarding adults and DoLS, including answering external queries from other local authorities and external organisations. I have also contributed to the development the terms of reference for working groups and co-chaired these meetings.
The secondment has enabled the development of links between my colleagues in both Kirklees and NHS Digital, which has included reciprocal site visits. As I am part of regional local authorities groups, I have also been able to get wider views on issues and guidance from the region to NHS Digital and vice versa which has strengthened links.
The secondment has been really beneficial for me to be able to put an operational view forward on of how safeguarding and DoLS work in practice and how data collation is not the primary focus. I have also been able to use my understanding of how NHS Digital work on their collections to support the work that we do in Kirklees. The secondment has also been really useful to drive change for future guidance and publications as well as building networks. The team have been an excellent team to work with and I would encourage others to take the opportunity available.
Local authorities will be reimbursed to cover substantive salary costs for the days the individual is seconded to NHS Digital.
Secondment work patterns will be negotiated to ensure they meet the requirements of the individual, their substantive employer and NHS Digital.
Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed to the individual, such as train travel to the Leeds office.
Home office location will be negotiated with the individual.
All applications at all levels will be considered and expectations will be tailored accordingly.
Contact us to discuss the secondments if you are interested.
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