National Data Resource - Job Vacancies

NHS Wales is creating world-leading National Data Resource (NDR).  The NDR is being developed to better enable health and care professionals to improve patient experience and service outcomes.  The NDR aims to deliver a more joined up approach to health and care data, using common language and technical standards. It will improve the way data is collected, shared and used across health and care organisations in Wales and will drive forward the interoperability of health and care systems. The NDR will provide improved analytics capability and will enable better decision making for clinicians, operational managers, data scientists and other decision makers and users of data.


A delivery team is being established and this is an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery of a truly transformative programme across Welsh health and care.  We are recruiting three senior leadership roles:

  1. Chief Architect – (Infrastructure) (National Data Resource)
  2. Chief Architect – (Integration) (National Data Resource)
  3. Chief Architect – (Analytical data) (National Data Resource)

Salary up to £86,687.

The Chief Architect is the national technical lead for the NDR.  As one of the most senior IT / informatics professionals in Wales, this role has responsibility for leading the enterprise technical design for the programme, which is a critical part of the Wales Digital Health and Care Strategy. 

We are looking for candidates with exceptional talent and considerable experience who will be the recognised and senior trusted champions for the national programme, and advocate for digital and data transformation across Wales. 

These are senior leadership roles and we are ideally looking to appoint at NHS band 8d.  Depending on experience and knowledge we are willing to appoint at band 8b / 8c and apply the career development scheme with the aim to progress candidates up to the appropriate level within 12 months.

The job descriptions for bands 8d, 8c and 8b are attached.

To apply, please submit to

  1. a CV;
  2. a cover letter outlining why you are suitable for the role; and
  3. a supporting statement outlining how you meet the person specification set out in the job description.

Please aim for no more than 5 pages (A4) in total for all three documents.

Closing date is the 13th October 2019.

Interviews are planned for week commencing 14th / 21st October.

Job descriptions are available for the following roles:

Contact for further information and to discuss the roles.