Senior Specialist Lead – Information Governance

Job reference: 085144

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 28/01/2022

Job posted date: 14/01/2022

Salary: Band 8A (£50,965 - £55,016)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Administrative Services

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Information Governance & Security

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

*** COVID-19 – Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful, you will also initially be working remotely in line with the guidance from the Scottish Government***

Fixed term/Secondment until 31st March 2023

SLA or secondment only for NHS staff in the first instance

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

What you'll do 

This role will manage a national programme focusing on sustaining a suitably skilled and diverse workforce for information governance and information security professionals (including cyber security) across NHS Scotland’s health and social care.  Ensuring that there is the appropriate level of leadership, and an appropriately trained and resourced information governance and information/cyber security workforce, through the review and update of the NHSScotland Health and Care Information Governance Competency Framework. 

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to:

  • Manage the programme of work relating to the review and update of the NHS Scotland Health and Care Information Governance Competency Framework. 
  • The programme of work for this role will be directed by an overarching governance group, which will include representatives from Scottish Government Health and Social Care, NHS Scotland Information Governance / Information Security/ Cyber Security expert leads.   
  • The workstream programme will include (but not limited to): 
    • Identification of roles, typical responsibilities, skills and career pathways for information governance, security and cyber security professionals. 
    • Identification and establishment of suitable training/CPD for all IG/security/cyber security staff, and the development of national training resources for all NHS Scotland staff (e.g. foundation and immediate mandatory training, training of information asset owners, service managers and data/digital project managers), and advance specialist training for other roles, including Senior Information Risk Owners (SIROs), Caldicott Guardians, IG Leads, Information Security Officers and Data Protection Officers. 
    • Analyse of training needs for all staff in health from support staff to health professionals, board executives and those in IG professional roles – tailored to job role, including training for specialised roles such as Data Protection Officer or Cyber Security Specialists who have a requirement for certified accredited training to fulfil their role. 
  • To develop and build a network across a range of groups and partners within health and care as appropriate, including NHSScotland health boards Information Governance teams.  This will also include linking into 3rd party stakeholders and universities/educational bodies to open a dialogue for where NHS Scotland can utilise educational resources already available. 
  • This post will have a read across to various professional groups, including the NSS Security Centre of Excellence and the Scottish Health Competent Authority (NIS – Network & Information Systems Regulations 2018). 
  • To develop and manage a programme plan, devising key activities and delivery timescales within the scope of the workstream.  Will also include the identification and the preparation of funding proposals as determined by the governance group. 

What you'll bring

These will include but are not restricted to:

  • Significant experience in managing large and complex projects/work streams in a multidisciplinary environment across multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills and to be able to work across various professional groups and stakeholders.
  • Excellent programme management skills, able to work autonomously within agreed objecives and timescales.
  • Proven track record of delivering projects on time and within in budget.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Tracey Gill (

*Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity.

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing date:  28th January 2022

Interview date:  w/c 11th February 2022​​​​​​​

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment: