Data and Taxonomy Manager – National Reporting and Learning System

11 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017
£31,383 - £41,373 per annum
UK - Wide

Data and Taxonomy Manager – National Reporting and Learning System

Salary: £31,383 - £41,373 per annum

Location: Various – could be based in London (Skipton House / Southside / Wellington House), Taunton, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, or Leicester.


Opportunity to use your specialist knowledge in data management and data collection, which ideally will include knowledge within a health care environment, to inform and develop advice and guidance for the NHS on reducing risks to patients.

The National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) is a central database of patient safety incident reports. Since the NRLS was set up in 2003, over four million incident reports have been submitted. All information submitted is analysed to identify hazards, risks and opportunities to continuously improve the safety of patient care.

Specifically, in this pivotal role, you will be the NRLS expert on datasets and taxonomies and your remit will include:

  • Contributing to the design and implementation of new national data collection systems and datasets;
  • Maintenance of NRLS datasets;
  • Providing expert advice on datasets, reporting systems and data collection procedures;
  • Producing technical and specialist documentation associated with the datasets data collection: data dictionaries, look-up tables, SOPs, and meta-data;
  • Contributing to the further development of the NRLS, including the data quality improvement strategy;
  • Monitoring NRLS data space size and access performance;
  • Developing and managing datasets archiving policies and procedures;
  • Providing guidance to the Information Analysts on NRLS data search strategies.

In addition to your data management and data collection expertise, you will offer extensive experience working with large datasets and be able to show expertise in a variety of analytical or research techniques. Experience in database design and data administration is key (including proven SAS, Access and Excel skills), as is experience of data quality assessment, assurance and improvement techniques.

Knowledge of NHS or similar sector Information Governance policies and procedures is essential, as is your ability to operate within a politically sensitive environment.

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the Intensive Support Teams.

For more information, and to apply for this role, please click the apply button.

For an informal discussion about this key role and / or to arrange an informal visit, please contact: Marcos Manhaes -

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight, Sunday, 29th January 2017. The selection process will include a presentation and interview.


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