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Software Developer

Band 6

Main area
317 IT - Systems Development
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-25-35-DR
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Regent Point
Salary
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
30/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
13/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a  Software Developer to join the award winning bespoke development team at Newcastle Hospitals. We design  enterprise level, cutting edge software applications used by one of the largest NHS trusts in the country. 

  • Interview Date 13/07/2022
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

 

Main duties of the job

Develop bespoke software applications used to support the trusts clinical systems and to intergrade different IT systems used within the trust, as well as provide 3rd line support for existing software products developed by the department.

 

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This challenging post will require the post holder, under limited direction, to analyse business requirements, create technical design documents, develop code test and provide on-going application support. The post holder will be an integral member of the team responsible in providing services to meet the Trust’s IT and business requirements.

The post holder will support the Applications and Development Manager with the following activities:

  • Ensures specialist or complex IM&T information is processed in accordance with policies & procedures.
  • Investigate specialist or complex IM&T issues.
  • Provide in-house bespoke software analysis, design, development, testing and software support services to the Trust.
  • Support legacy .NET applications and MS Access databases. In some cases this will involve re-engineering into the latest .NET technology.
  • Provide a support service to identify and rectify bugs and faults logged on the IT Service desk (for supported in-house developments or as specified by the manager).
  • Develop or adapt complex software / web pages / information reports.
  • Provide support to the Project Management team relating to any third party products / solutions which are brought into the Trust.
  • Work with the Server / Infrastructure team to ensure that all applications / servers are resilient providing maximum availability to the Trust.
  • Monitor quality and processes to identify areas of improvement. Work with other members of the department to implement these improvements.
  • Regularly research and investigate new technologies and methods that would be of benefit to the department.
  • To assist in the planning of the development programme plan via timely production and maintenance of individual development project plans.
  • Be responsible for the management of multiple projects.
  • Liaise directly with clients in order to gather information.
  • Specify, develop and implement bespoke applications to enable the Trust to improve working processes.
  • Work to deadlines to achieve agreed objectives using one’s own skill and judgement.
  • Carry out tasks with minimal supervision to a high standard.
  • Ensure that assigned projects are completed to time and budget constraints.
  • Research and identify the best methods/solutions to overcome issues be they development or Trust related.
  • To ensure that all bespoke development is carried out in a safe and professional manner, tested and with all documentation (including software code, test plans and data, training and system manuals, planning) of sufficient quality and detail to allow for on-going support and redevelopment.
  • To ensure that all code produced complies with departmental coding standards, policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development of continuity and disaster recovery plans in the event of loss of service.
  • Take a primary role in the education and training of key staff in the care and use of Trust bespoke applications.
  • To ensure that all Requests for Change (specifications and requirements) are captured and fully documented.
  • Perform other duties and undertake special projects as requested by the manager.
  • Work with Trust staff, partners and vendors.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • A degree or equivalent qualification / experience including courses in computer programming, systems analysis, system development, or systems engineering
Desirable criteria
  • A recognised Project management methodology certification

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience as a Software Developer
  • Considerable experience in translating business requirements into technical specifications
  • Considerable experience in the design and development of software solutions
  • Experience in project management techniques
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of taking a lead role in software development
  • Experience of working within the NHS
  • Understanding of NHS Information requirements

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing both clearly and concisely
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own work effectively and work on own initiative
  • Ability to gather and analyse system requirements.
  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex IT issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of specialists, at many levels of seniority, across internal and external organisational barriers.
  • Ability to research and evaluate new technologies and continually learn new skills
  • Ability to train, mentor and supervise other IT development staff

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • .NET (C#)
  • ASP.NET
  • JavaScript / AJAX
  • jQuery
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • SSIS
  • HTML / DHTML / XHTML / XML
  • CSS
  • Microsoft Access / Excel
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • IIS
Desirable criteria
  • SSAS
  • HL7
  • SharePoint
  • Version Control Software
  • CMS
  • PHP
  • VB.NET
  • Mirth
  • MVC/MVVM
  • KnockoutJS
  • One or more CMS applications
  • JIRA / Confluence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Steven Crookes
Job title
Advanced Software Developer
Email address
Steven.Crookes@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2137377