The Immunisation Division is responsible for the national surveillance of most vaccine preventable infections and providing technical support, clinical expertise to the Department of Health and Social Care and to the NHS in planning and delivering the national immunisation programmes.
The department evaluates the programmes by generating high quality data on disease incidence, vaccine coverage, age-specific immunity, and vaccine effectiveness. Surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine coverage data are vital components of the evaluation of vaccination programmes in the UK. These data inform the understanding of the epidemiology of different infections and the public health impact of vaccination programmes, and help develop and improve control strategies. The department provides secretariat to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation who recommend any changes to the national programme.
The department also oversees the national distribution and clinical use of immunoglobulins and supports or leads outbreak investigations.
You will be comfortable in statistical programming, coding and the use of dashboard visualisation tools such as PowerBI and R Shiny.
You will undertake analyses, interpretation and presentation of enhanced surveillance systems of vaccine preventable diseases to meet the needs of local and national stakeholders. You will lead the delivery of analytical work driven by the needs of internal PHE colleagues and external stakeholders and you will support the national immunisation programmes.
This role involves the collation, analysis, interpretation, presentation and dissemination of immunisation coverage data and work with others to develop and improve information flows and systems. You will be required to have good working knowledge of the practical application of statistical methods, be highly numerate and have good communication skills.
Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support.
As Senior Data Scientist you will be part of a dynamic national team responsible for delivering the development, management and coordination of enhanced surveillance systems of vaccine preventable diseases, with particular emphasis on vaccine coverage surveillance systems, in order to monitor the national vaccination programme.