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Head of Training

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Post: Head of Training

Location: HDR UK Offices, Health Data Research UK, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. All HDR UK roles are primarily based at the London offices, however we are flexibly working across a number of geographical locations. Travel may be required to HDR UK locations and partner organisations.

Contract: Permanent

Reporting to: HDR UK Training Programme Director

About Health Data Research UK

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national Institute for data science in health. Our UK team of experts develop and apply cutting-edge data science approaches to clinical, biological, genomic and other multi-dimensional health data to address the most pressing health research challenges facing the public.

Our mission is to make game-changing improvements in the health of patients and populations through data science research and innovation.

For the first time we are bringing together our unique nationwide data assets and specialists across academia, research and healthcare to unlock knowledge and deliver new insights from molecule to man. By undertaking research at scale, across a population of up to 65 million people, we have an unrivalled opportunity to use data to the highest ethical standards to drive breakthroughs in medical research. This unleashes the potential to improve the way we are able to prevent, detect and diagnose diseases such as cancer, heart disease and asthma.

At Health Data Research UK, we employ talented individuals who bring their own unique skills and experience to support the vision and benefit the whole team.

Purpose of the post

HDR UK's vision for Talent and Training is to bring together and train our community of 10,000 health data scientists to work with diverse health data safely and securely so they can transform lives. We work with academia, the NHS, industry and members of our UK Health Data Research Alliance to:
  • Define the skills needed to work with health data to address important health challenges;
  • Identify and curate a range of training resources through our Health Data Research Innovation Gateway to increase improved use of health data;
  • Deliver training that addresses gaps, helping develop new careers and roles in Health Data Science.

Our training programmes will support and equip scientists for a future where health data research studies can be rapidly taken forward and new connections are unconstrained by traditional discipline and organisational boundaries. We will make the UK the go-to place internationally for data science leadership, poised to attract international leaders and export UK expertise to other countries.

About the Team

You will be joining a rapidly growing training function designing high volume digital and face to face learning events for health data scientists across the United Kingdom. Working as part of a small, busy team your role will vary as requirements change and will be crucial to the development of the growing training operation. In this position you will play an important role in influencing the next stage of our journey in the rapid expansion of our learning provision.

Main Responsibilities

Your role will be to lead the work of the subject experts in Health Data Science and help them apply their expertise to our design and delivery work and ensure that our curriculum and our training portfolio addresses skills gaps in the highest priority areas in health data science, enabling the biggest impact to transform lives. You will identify and utilise existing and emerging effective practice, evidence and research for course design and delivery.

You will also identify the relevant competency frameworks and map our offering against this, identify gaps and plan training and education to fill these gaps. You will also proactively seek and build relationships with the relevant professional bodies and seek accreditations that are most compelling and most relevant for our audience.

With strong educational credentials, you will build our external presence, influence and credibility. You will also be responsible for the continuous review and assessment of our curriculum offer. You will also manage course evaluation which will help ensure our products are high impact and effective.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development of HDR UK's curriculum model in collaboration with a range of internal and external stakeholders and SMEs as well as manage a culture of continuous improvement that delivers agreed quality standards across the curriculum and learner experience
  • Lead and own the approach, governance structure, tools and frameworks for ensuring that curriculum design is fit for purpose and world class and that meets the needs of health data scientist across industry, NHS and academia
  • Lead the development and oversee delivery of HDR UK's annual summer school as well as all other live face to face, online and blended training programmes
  • To provide advice and input to wider external stakeholders on national strategies and policies related to health data science curriculum design and training delivery and which will also inform the requirements of the HDR UK remit and delivery plan
  • Develop a flexible curriculum offer which can be applied across multiple programmes through amendments/enhancements rather than wholesale redesign
  • Review current research and best practice in education to design effective curriculum resources, ensuring HDR UK's training strategy is in line with academic, industry and NHS sector expectations
  • Horizon scanning to develop curriculum effectively that meets NHS, industry and academic needs

Quality Assurance
  • Work with learner communities, PPIE representatives and development partners to test and review resources as part of QA process
  • Take a lead on ensuring that recommendations, updates and areas for improvement from users and wider stakeholder groups are captured and fed into the continuous improvement cycle
  • Ensure that any delivery modules that are less effective, based on feedback from any evaluation results, progress assessments or individual feedback are flagged for review to test if content is achieving intended learning objectives

Understanding of Health Data Science
  • To ensure that knowledge is current on developments impacting on the health data science (and broader education and skills) sector and use this understanding to regularly assess any impact on the curriculum
  • Use knowledge of sector to identify where there are partnerships which we will require to enable strategic development of design and curriculum content

Partnerships and Collaboration
  • To represent HDR UK on a national level with regards to curriculum design
  • Where necessary, engage in national events and conferences
  • Develop strong working links with external stakeholders, awarding bodies, sector skills agencies, further & higher education institutions, employers and professional/industry bodies
  • Maintain relationships with awarding bodies and take responsibility for ensuring alignment, avoiding duplication, and co-design of curriculum offer

  • Lead HDR UK's engagement activities with our training cohorts of interns, fellows and students including alumni management and communities of practice

  • Contribute to business planning based on the delivery strategy, including future organisational design requirements
  • It should be understood that this job description may change as the HDR UK training strategy develops following discussion and agreement with the post holder. The post holder will have full opportunity to discuss and be active in changes or developments.
  • Support the delivery of HDR UK's mission, values and strategic aims
  • To ensure continuous self-development, both professionally and personally, through training, supervision and other appropriate means.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

Candidates should:
  • Have strong academic qualifications and a research background ideally linked to health data science - this could be from industry, NHS or academic sectors
  • Have prior experience of curriculum development or education development consummate with their career stage
  • Possess excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage and lead complex multi-stakeholder collaborations and understand the principles of team science,
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and plan training activities
  • Be able to critically evaluate and develop training programme improvement strategies based on feedback
  • Experience with implementing agile methodology and working in an everchanging environment
  • Have an understanding of issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the application of these to training and education.

The following is desired but not essential:
  • Prior experience of building competency frameworks
  • Prior experience of working with non-academic organisations
  • Prior experience of applying learning design principles
  • Thorough knowledge of the technical tools and platforms required to achieve the delivery of engaging and media-rich digital learning content, and of trends in the use and effectiveness of educational technology and learning
  • Have actively participated in developing and delivering public-patient engagement activities

  • This is a full-time, permanent role. Travel may be required to HDR UK locations and partner organisations.

Application Process

Please apply with a CV and covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining what you can bring to this role to

Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting and offering interviews as the applications are received. The job will close once a candidate has been appointed.

Equal Opportunities Policy Statement

Health Data Research UK is an equal opportunities employer, and as such aims to treat all employees, consultants and applicants fairly. It is our policy to provide employment equality to all, irrespective of:
  • Gender, including gender reassignment
  • Marital or civil partnership status
  • Having or not having dependants
  • Religion or belief
  • Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age

We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All job applicants and employees who work for us will be treated fairly and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any of the above grounds. Decisions about recruitment and selection, promotion, training or any other benefit will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination.


HDR UK's values guide how we work together within HDR UK and with our partners and other stakeholders:
  1. Transparency: we will share information, insights, and innovations so that we learn faster together.
  2. Optimism: we believe that we can make things better, that we can do things differently and that we can overcome challenges to create a new and thriving health data ecosystem that benefits patients and the public, the NHS, scientific discovery and industry.
  3. Respect: we deliver better results when we work in a truly interdisciplinary way. We listen, share, and respect a diversity of thought and opinion, perspective, and experience. We are inclusive - leveraging and fairly attributing the expertise and capabilities of others.
  4. Courage: we are leading the way and will be prepared to try new things, take risks, embrace ambiguity, and challenge the status quo. We will contribute opinions to shape the future of health data research.
  5. Humility: we have a lot to learn from others; and aim to be free from pride and arrogance.
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