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Advanced Software Developer

Band 7

Main area
317 IT - Systems Development
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-25-33-DR
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Regent Point
Salary
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
30/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
08/07/2022

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 an advanced  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. As an advanced software developer you will be responsible for leading the delivery of high quality software products used to support clinical decision making and support the trust business.

  • Interview Date 08/07/2022
  • 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

Lead the development of bespoke software applications used to support the trusts clinical systems and to intergrade different IT systems used within the trust. To provide technical expertise to inform the directorate on current IT solutions.

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

The post holder will support the IT Development Manager and:

  • Provides specialist advice across a range of IM&T areas including software design, Maintenance and information governance.
  • Investigate specialist and complex issues to determine the cause of software problems, arrive at solution and implement appropriate actions to correct.
  • Responsible for strategic planning of specific software development projects.
  • Design, develop and adapt complex software.
  • To assist in the planning of the development programme plan via timely production and maintenance of individual development project plans.
  • Cover for the IT Development Manager in absence.
  • Responsible for coaching and guiding non-senior members of the IT Development team.
  • Work with the IT Development Manager to improve processes and procedures internally within the department.
  • Regularly research and investigate new technologies and methods that would be of benefit to the department.
  • Participate in design and discovery sessions for enterprise solutions and complex projects.
  • Monitor quality of systems and processes to identify areas of improvement. Work with other members of the department to implement these improvements.
  • Capable of providing project management and can serve as an IT lead for new and existing solutions design.
  • Liaise directly with clients in order to gather information for systems development.
  • Specify, develop and implement highly complex information systems to enable the Trust to improve working processes.
  • Work to tight deadlines to achieve agreed objectives using one’s own skill and judgement.
  • Carry out tasks with minimal supervision to a high standard.
  • Manage tasks that have competing and conflicting priorities.
  • Ensure that assigned projects are completed to time and budget constraints.
  • Research and identify the best methods/solutions to overcome issues be them development or Trust related.
  • To provide application software that protects the data of patients, staff and the Trust in line with the legal requirements of British and European Law and in line with NHS and Department of Health Policy.
  • To ensure that all bespoke application 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 of the application.
  • To ensure that all code produced complies with departmental coding standards, policies and procedures.
  • The post holder will assist the IT Development Manager in the development of Policy in relation to Legislation, NHS Guidelines and the Department of Health which is fundamental to the securing of Trust data assets relating not only to patient care but to staff and the Trust itself.
  • 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.
  • Provide a software support service to identify and rectify software bugs and faults logged on the IT Service desk (for supported in-house developed applications or as specified by the manager).
  • Is responsible for implementing Cerner Millennium interfaces to downstream systems.
  • Is responsible for managing and monitoring connectivity and investigation of issues with Cerner Millennium interfaces.
  • 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 IT Development Manager.
  • Work with Trust staff, partners and vendors to deploy production applications.
  • Formally document, present and organise necessary design documentation for a complex IT architecture.
  • Document, trouble-shoot and correct intermittent problems. Offer support solutions where necessary as systems or business processes are upgraded and/or replaced.
  • Produce Technical documentation for IT support personnel.
  • Provide on-going troubleshooting, support and maintenance of product applications, including potential 24/7 on call coverage. 

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
  • C#.NET
  • MVC & MVC Core
  • JavaScript / AJAX/ J Query
  • Microsoft SQL Server / TSQL
  • HTML / XHTML / XML / JSON
  • CSS
  • Microsoft Office Suite
Desirable criteria
  • OLAP / SSAS/ SSIS
  • HL7
  • SharePoint
  • IIS
  • Version Control Software
  • CMS

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