Programme lead – AHSC Data and Clinical Informatics

· London, London, City of
Employment Type Permanent
Compensation £55,000-65,000

Reporting to: Professor Neil Sebire, AHSC Programme Director, Data and Clinical Informatics

Accountable to: Dr Jenny Shand, Strategy Advisor and Director at UCLPartners.

Salary: £55,000-65,000 per annum based on experience

Salary is based on a 1FTE role, but applications for a job-share or part-time arrangement will be considered. The post is available on a permanent basis, but applications from within UCLPartners AHSC member institutions on a secondment basis are also welcome.




UCLPartners, is one of the largest academic health science partnerships in the world, encompassing more than 40 health care providers and universities that together serve a population of 6 million people in London and surrounding areas.


We are a partnership of world-leading academic and clinical research centres, NHS organisations, industry, patients and others. We aim to harness research and innovation for excellent patient care and a healthier population. We are a non-for-profit social enterprise and support our partners to collaborate across a number of health and social care settings to deliver population benefit.


Our programme of work includes five national designations: Academic Health Science Centre, Academic Health Science Network, NIHR North Thames Applied Research Centre, North Thames CRN, North Thames NHS Genomics Medicine Centre. We also host DATA-CAN – a national health data research hub for cancer. This role is part of the Academic Health Science Centre, but will be expected to collaborate across our designations.


Read more about us here.

Academic Health Science Centre


UCLPartners AHSC connects three London Universities (UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Queen Mary University of London) and five NHS Trusts (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust) with the collective aim of creating a world leading centre for research, healthcare and education that addresses the most pressing healthcare challenges for our population.


Our designation as an AHSC was renewed from 1st April 2020 for a further five years, during this time the AHSC will focus on key priority programmes in:

  • Driving translational research that is NHS-ready, patient-led and addresses unmet need
  • Accelerating access to innovative and pioneering new treatments
  • Realising the potential of Data and Clinical Informatics across the partnership to underpin and maximise the impact of our research.



AHSC Data and Clinical Informatics Programme


The AHSC Data and Clinical Informatics programme aims to realise UCLPartners’ ambition to:

  • Be the leading centre for clinical and health informatics in the UK.
  • Be an exemplar of FAIR data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable)
  • Be the exemplar of training in clinical and health informatics
  • Harness data to transform the experience and delivery of health care and research
  • Work with industrial partners to become a global leader in the application of health informatics


In order to achieve these aims, the AHSC Data and Clinical Informatics programme will focus on four workstreams: Standards, Infrastructure, Governance, and Training. The intention is to develop a pragmatic solution and roadmap for collaboration across the UCLPartners AHSC, working closely with our 4 NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, and with external partners and stakeholders as appropriate.


In the new role of Programme Lead AHSC Data and Clinical Informatics, you will report to the AHSC Director of Data and Clinical Informatics, Professor Neil Sebire. You will also form part of a wider AHSC leadership team, which draws together skills and experience in Translational Research, Education, Patient and Public partnership, involvement and engagement, and Programme and Project delivery. The AHSC team forms part of the wider UCLPartners team, headquartered at 170 Tottenham Court Road.


Oversight and strategic decision-making for the Programme will be supported via a new ‘Clinical Informatics Steering Group’, while each specific workstream will develop delivery teams, whose joint responsibility will be to agree deliverables and timelines.


UCLPartners is also the host partner for DATA-CAN: The Health Research Hub for Cancer, a UK-wide partnership that aims to unlock the power of health data to improve cancer care. Across London, we are also working to support OneLondon, the Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) that aims to enable the safe and secure sharing of health and care information across the NHS and social care. The post-holder would be expected to work closely with the DATA-CAN and One-London teams to ensure opportunities for collaboration are identified and realised.

The AHSC also has significant strengths in genomics, and there are opportunities for the post-holder to develop initiatives in this area in partnership with the North Thames NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, which aims to gain a better understanding of the genetic causes of cancer and rare disease.

There is also a significant opportunity to work with other organisations including Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Health Education England, Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and The Association of Healthcare Analysts, and the establishment of a further advisory group to develop this cross-organisational engagement may be considered.


Role description


This role presents an exciting opportunity to bring a skillset in programme management and network development to deliver a key pillar of UCLPartners AHSC strategy. The Programme Lead will be responsible for the successful operational delivery of the Data and Clinical Informatics Theme, and for shaping its ongoing development in collaboration with AHSC members and partner organisations.

This role is centred on strategic development and delivery of the strategy through managing and nurturing workstreams across the AHSC, and by establishing robust and agile governance. The ideal candidate will be forward-looking, driven and able to work across multiple organisations to build networks and foster collaboration. The post holder will be expected to deputise for the AHSC Director of Clinical Informatics when required.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with key stakeholders across the AHSC community, partners and wider NHS, to understand the landscape/context, support the delivery of the Programme objectives, and refine areas of investigation for thought leadership and research.
  • Develop an engagement strategy, identifying and building support for the programme through strong relationships with clinical informatics leads and collaborators.
  • Work with both internal (e.g., Data-Can) and external institutional partnerships such as HDR-UK and OneLondon to support the programme objectives.
  • Develop the strategy and research priorities for the programme in partnership with the programme leadership team and wider AHSC leadership team.
  • Establish and drive the programme governance structure and workstreams. Ensure cross-reporting across workstreams, and put in place actions to increase impact.
  • Lead the co-ordination of the workstream programmes, ensuring that delivery is on track and identifying mitigating actions where necessary. Determine and track delivery milestones, key performance indicators and other impact measures.
  • Identify potential external funding opportunities, and provide recommendations for how these may be utilised and approached.
  • Propose and develop case studies, reports and other media as appropriate. Provide effective, timely content for the UCLPartners communications team.
  • Devise and support the delivery of effective meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences etc.
  • Commission and oversee policy, guidance, thought-leadership, research and publications to contribute to the programme’s strategic objectives.
  • Plan and coordinate the annual strategic review of the programme.
  • Ensure wider benefits of collaboration across UCLPartners designations are an integral part of the programme of work, and foster explicit links with informatics leads in each of those teams


These duties will be subject to review in line with the changing requirements of the AHSC and with the development needs of the post holder, as identified through regular review/appraisal processes. The duties of the post outlined above are not exhaustive, and the appointee will be expected to carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope/level of the post.

Person Specification


Please ensure that your application deliberately addresses each of the below criteria.


Experience and knowledge



Proven track record managing complex programmes, ideally supported by a relevant project management qualification.

Experience working within a data and informatics environment/role

Experience of working within a large research organisation, NHS, University and/or managing research and collaborative programs.

Knowledge and understanding of the importance of information governance and public trust in data intensive health research.

Proven experience of strategy and policy development.


Knowledge and understanding of national priorities in relation to emerging role of data science, clinical informatics and AI in biomedical research.

Educated to MSc or PhD level within a related discipline relevant to data science, health or biomedicine (or equivalent relevant experience).


Skills and abilities



Ability to build and maintain a network, and influence senior stakeholders across different public and industry sector organisations.

Ability to synthesise multiple priorities across a matrix organisation to establish a clear and consistent common narrative.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Proven team leadership and motivational skills.


Proven development of successful partnerships in health and biomedicine across university, NHS and/or industrial sectors.


Professional values



An active commitment to inclusion and diversity.

A commitment to collaborative working and a supportive ethos.

Professional direction and vision, and ability to use appropriate influence to ensure outcomes are aligned to AHSC values and goals.

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