Head of Open Tech – NHSX

NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. With investment of more than £1 billion pounds a year nationally and a significant additional spend locally, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.

NHSX brings together the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement who will deliver the Health Secretary’s Tech Vision, building on the NHS Long Term Plan. We will speed up the digital transformation of the NHS and social care. We have set ourselves five missions, which are focused on how we can make things better for patients and staff. These are:

  • Reducing the burden on clinicians and staff, so they can focus on patients;
  • Giving people the tools to access information and services directly;
  • Ensuring clinical information can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed;
  • Improving patient safety across the NHS
  • Improving NHS productivity with digital technology

This is a crucial role that will drive NHSX’s strategy in improving our ecosystem by promoting open source, open standards and open data ways of working.


This post reports into the Chief Technology Officer and help to Explain, simplify and remove barriers to using and producing open source software, open standards and open data. Activities may include blogging, actively participating on social media, speaking at conferences, and building any central web content, documentation or code libraries we may need.

Key Responsibilities of The Post Will Be

Key aspects of this role will be to:

  • Manage, monitor and report on benefits realisation management, tracking the progress and ensuring that the intended benefits are achieved with outcomes maximised.
  • Oversee the work with the Deputy Directors to ensure the information systems are integrated with the overall strategy; ensuring synergy between strategy milestones and objectives.
  • Develop and implement appropriate long-term business strategy with stakeholders, implementing new business processes as required.
  • Budget setting across a range of areas/services, managing and monitoring related activity, liaising with Finance colleagues to ensure appropriate costings, and ensure compliance with standing financial instructions.
  • Required to present to a range of internal and external stakeholders (including executive sponsors and non-executive authorities). Information relating to programme/service delivery often in challenging and potentially hostile situations.
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of data systems across the organisation.
  • Contribute to the review and development of existing project information management systems and contribute to the development of an integrated approach to project management.

If you are excited by the digital transformation agenda, share the NHSX core values of being open, respectful, collaborative and innovative, and feel you have the skills needed for the role, then please apply today.

Find out more here.