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Data Scientist
    NHS Jobs
    118 days ago

    Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

    This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

    • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
    • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

    Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

    Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.


    Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health and reducing health inequalities. An executive agency of the Department of Health, PHE is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner. PHE works at national level, and also delivers support, advice and services through regional and local centres and networks.

    The Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate’s takes an integrated approach to promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill health, and reducing health inequalities. We do this by:

    • Working at local, national and international level to provide system leadership, and to protect and improve health and wellbeing
    • Building partnerships with and engaging a wide range of stakeholders to help address health inequalities and influence the factors that affect the public’s health.
    • Working with partners to inform, educate, and empower professionals to support communities and individuals, especially those in greatest need, to take more control of their health and the things that affect their health
    • Working across the public health system to support delivery and develop a robust public health workforce that is knowledgeable, capable, and effective at improving health, promoting wellness, preventing ill health and tackling health inequalities.
    • Leading on quality and clinical governance across the organisation, to support continuous quality improvement.

    The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Unit, based in the Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate, provides strategic leadership for the FNP programme in England.


    Do you have a passion for data? Can you help us make an impact for thousands of young parents and their babies in England?

    This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced data scientist to join the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Unit to help support the effective delivery of the FNP programme in England.

    FNP is an internationally recognised home visiting programme which is delivered by specially trained nurses to first time young mothers and their babies. It has been developed through more than 40 years of research in the United States and demonstrably improves health, social and educational outcomes. The FNP National Unit leads the national delivery and strategic oversight of FNP in England.

    The Data Scientist plays a key role in FNP National Unit by working closely with clinical colleagues to identify opportunities for quality improvement while leveraging data value. In this role, you will design and develop efficient and robust data processing pipelines transforming raw data, often from multiple sources into reliable summary statistics in line with best standards in the field. The role requires well developed programming and statistical analysis skills and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders and partners.




    Option 3 – External

    Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

    Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies.

    Interview expenses will not normally be paid but will be paid in exceptional circumstances in agreement with the Deputy Director of HR.

    Please note that if the pay scheme is listed as 'Other', the post advertised will be subject to Public Health England Civil Service Terms and Conditions of employment unless otherwise stated.

    For further details / informal visits contact:

    For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Alex Stevenson, Head of Communications and Insight, FNP National Unit, Nursing, Maternity and Early Years directorate, Public Health England.


    The Civil Service (CS) embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the CS Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.

    The law requires that selection for appointment to the CS is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the CS Commission's Recruitment Principles.

    If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact PHE recruitment team in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from PHE, you can contact the CS Commission.

    If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

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    Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

    For more information please go to the PHE website.

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