NHS Test & Trace - Chief Health Analyst

Contract Type
Fixed Term, Flexible Hours, Permanent, Temporary
Leeds, London
Expiry Date
The JBC are looking to recruit a Chief Health Analyst to lead on providing epidemiology and public health advice across the organisation.

Job Description

The JBC are looking to recruit a Chief Health Analyst to lead on providing epidemiology and public health advice across the organisation.


The role is a permanent role, however is also available on a Fixed Term Appointment of 6-12 months, as well as secondment. The successful candidate will be able to select their preferred contract from those advertised.


The Chief Health Analyst for the Joint Biosecurity Centre is a varied and challenging senior leadership role. As one of the key members of the JBC’s senior leadership team, you will be right at the heart of the UKHSA’s ambitious agenda to help the country get back to a more normal way of life beyond COVID-19 and establish itself for the long term to protect us from other known, and as yet unknown, threats.

The successful candidate will be responsible for working with our multidisciplinary expert teams of public health scientists, infectious disease modellers, data scientists and biostatisticians to assess the state of COVID-19 pandemic, its impacts on the UK and potential responses. The role will ensure all decision making is based on the best available evidence – often in a timeframe of hours to days.


Depending on need and your skillset, you will be focused on developing and assuring the JBC’s analytical methods and interpretation across our national and international assessment responsibilities. Both these themes are growing in analytical complexity with the vaccine roll-out and the emergence of variants of concern, and so your experience will be vital to ensure the JBC provides the right insight, based on robust analysis that uses the best available information.


The JBC is strengthening its analysis of outbreaks and clusters of COVID-19 cases by developing new ways of understanding contact tracing data. We are also expanding our modelling capability, working closely with academic colleagues in SPI-M. Your skills will be vital in these, and many other, areas.


Whilst you will be based in the Health Analysis Directorate in JBC, you will work across the organisation and the new UKHSA, including the JBC’s Data and Data Science, and Surveillance and Immunity Directorates. You will be expected to provide broad based scientific leadership to support a range of work streams, ensuring the organisation is using the best evidence-based and innovative public health approaches in its work.


You will develop relationships with academia in an open and transparent way to support the role of the JBC, together with developing relationships with the UK research infrastructure and research funders, including UKRI. You will ensure we are an intelligent customer of the wider academic scientific and analytical community, providing evidence, challenge and feedback across Government.


You will contribute to the wider JBC and UKHSA leadership, establishing relationships that cross UKHSA and other key organisations within the COVID-19 response (including DHSC, PHE, Devolved Administrations, SAGE, GO-Science etc).


Person Specification - Essential Criteria:


• Technical and analytical delivery (Lead Sift Criteria).

• Professional expertise (Lead Sift Criteria).

• Exceptional analytical skills, evidenced through leadership of complex data projects and delivery of a range of analytical work and outputs which directly inform and support policy and decision making.

• Ability to rapidly consider new and emerging problems, assess methodologies and conceptual frameworks, and suggest timely solutions.

• Membership of an analytical profession, royal college or society.

• Ability to influence across teams and act as a Head of Profession across the organisation.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to translate complex information into meaningful, easily understood narrative and the credibility and interpersonal skills to command the trust and confidence of partners and senior stakeholders.


Desirable criteria:


• Experience of working with ministers or senior officials.