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Senior Statistical Officer (SStO)

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Stella House
Newcastle Upon Tyne
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
20/06/2021 23:59
Who we are

We’re the NHS Business Services Authority. We provide critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public.  Have you had a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)? Perhaps you’ve had an Exemption Certificate or have a Pre-payment Certificate to spread the cost of your prescriptions? We issue those. Maybe you’re a member of the NHS Pension Scheme? We administer the scheme on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. Ever applied for a vacancy on NHS Jobs? That’s one of our services too.
Our vision is to be the ‘delivery partner of choice’ for the NHS. Our values were developed with our people, for our people and they reflect the fact that we CARE passionately about what we do. They are to be Collaborative, Adventurous, Reliable, and Energetic. We know that how we approach our work contributes to our colleagues’ health, wellbeing, and sense of connection to the business. We aspire to be a great, inclusive place to work.
Our drive to make things easier for our customers has seen us increase the digitisation of our services and we’re using new technology to deliver efficiencies and improve the customer experience. We gather data and use it to help the NHS make more informed and effective decisions, as well as reduce fraud, error, and waste. We also see an opportunity to contribute to the wider health agenda in terms of prevention and health inequalities.

We’re doing exciting things in a complex and challenging landscape so come and join us.
What we offer

Come and work for us and you’ll receive a benefits package that rewards your hard work and commitment, including a minimum of 27 days annual leave per year which increases with length of service plus Bank Holidays and the option to purchase additional leave, time off for volunteering, flexible working options, a generous Pension Scheme, access to loads of online and high street discounts including holidays, computers, insurance, mobile phones and meals out, and perhaps most importantly – a work/life balance.

Are you looking for a fresh challenge that will really put your statistical skills to the test?

The NHSBSA creates a wealth of valuable data from the £36 billion of NHS activity that it administers. Publishing effectively is a crucial part of our vision of being a Catalyst for Better Health. By utilising our expertise we can better tell the story of our data and inform debate.

The post holder will be a member of our Data and Insight directorate and will be responsible for multiple aspects of our statistical publication production process, including developing several Official and National Statistical publications for the organisation. They will utilise their expertise to extract and transform data, apply statistical analysis, producing insightful statistical publications in a layered dissemination approach. Creating products to inform the public and further help citizens to compare, contrast and challenge to benefit the wider Health Service and increase efficiency.

The post is currently remote working. However, when it is safe to do so, you would be based at Newcastle upon Tyne or one of our other offices, with optional remote working

Selection process

Please ensure you reflect on the requirements in the job description and personal specification, including essential and desirable skills.

On the advert closing an initial sift will take place against the job description and personal specification. Candidates who pass this initial sift will invited to complete the Government Statistical Service (GSS) online multiple choice test. To facilitate this part of the application process  candidates' name and email address  will be shared securely with the Office for National Statistics to administer the test.

Please note: If you are already a member of the Government Statistical Group (GSG), you are exempt from sitting the GSS online test. We will advise candidates who pass the initial sift and who proceed to the online test how they can advise us on this specifically.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed against the job description and personal specification, including essential and desirable skills. In addition, we will also assess you against Level 2 of the following Government Statistician Group (GSG) technical competency framework, specially you will be  assessed on the following GSG Technical Competencies:

  • Presenting and Disseminating Data Effectively.
  • Acquiring Data/Understanding Customer Needs.
  • Data Analysis.

This framework is used to assess the technical skills of government statisticians and data scientists who belong to the Government Statistician Group (GSG).

All GSG statisticians and data scientists are assessed against this when they enter the profession.

You can download the full framework  (pdf, 0.29MB) or the specific section relevant for this grade,  framework for Higher and Senior Statistical Officers and Data Scientists  (pdf, 0.13MB)

You can also download the following document that outlines the statistical tools and techniques (pdf, 0.39MB) mentioned in the framework.

A presentation test may be required as part of the interview process. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview if necessary.

Currently all interviews are being conducted by Video Conference.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nadine Morrisroe
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