Epidemiology & Information Systems Specialist

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
14 Jun 2018
25 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Epidemiology & Information Systems Specialist


Two year fixed term contract

Public Health England will provide strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health, which started on 1 April 2013. We are a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

The Field Service was established to provide a national, comprehensive field service which is geographically dispersed. It integrates epidemiological and microbiological capacity and skills, securing outbreak investigations that are consistently of the highest quality. It provides an effector arm for NIS, supporting the translation of evidence into practice as well as having a role in strengthening surveillance through closer links with the NHS and other partners. The Field Service also provides effective leadership and coordination of the NIS global health and PHE port health functions.

This post is responsible for the design, development, implementation and support of all databases and systems throughout the South West region including bespoke client based, networked and web based systems. Key responsibilities include ensuring the effectiveness and automation of laboratory reporting through the design, development, implementation and support of bespoke programs and reporting tools, providing support to, and developing, the regional SQL database and developing, implementing and supporting a variety of regional and national web based systems including the extranet, an antimicrobial reporting system and other SharePoint based systems.

The post holder must therefore have excellent technical skills including proven experience in SQL. An understanding of other programming languages and web development would also be advantageous as well as a general aptitude for, and interest in, software applications and development including SharePoint.

An opportunity therefore exists for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual who has a flexible approach to work, who is well organised and with excellent coding and data extraction skills. The post holder will work collaboratively with a range of specialities across the Service. The successful candidate will have experience of working with information systems including code tables and relational databases as well as a high level of organisational, interpersonal and communication skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent attention to detail and have experience of working to specific procedures and ways of working but also the ability to work with minimal supervision.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.

Closing date: 25 June 2018.

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