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UK Health Security Agency

Epidemiology and Information Analyst

Job description

At the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) our mission is to provide health security for the nation by protecting from infectious disease and external hazards. We are a trusted source of advice to government and to the public, focusing on reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.
Our mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. We will work to ensure our people have the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds we need to thrive, that our employees are representative of the communities we serve and feel valued and enabled to play their part in delivering our work.
Creating our working culture is an ongoing process which we are developing by listening and learning together, hearing and acting upon diverse voices and opinions to develop a common sense of identity and effective ways of working.
The Field Services Directorate (FSD) was established to provide a national comprehensive service which is geographically dispersed and integrates epidemiological, microbiological, infectious diseases and data sciences capacity and skills delivering surveillance and outbreak investigations consistently of the highest quality. FSD provides an effector arm for UKHSA, supporting the translation of evidence into practice as well as having a role in strengthening surveillance through closer links with the NHS and other partners. It also provides valuable links to academic centres. FSD also provides effective leadership and coordination of the UKHSA applied epidemiology training function.
The post will involve supporting outbreaks and epidemiological investigations through collecting, extracting and analysing data and managing, maintaining and updating databases. 
The post holder will contribute to surveillance activities through adapting and developing routines and undertaking basic descriptive analysis to support the production of routine surveillance reports.
The post holder will also be required to undertake basic statistical tests and use common statistical, database and mapping software and tools to support analysis such as producing tables, graphs, maps etc. and running queries.

Job description

Specific duties of the role may vary depending on the site and teams/functions.
Outbreak support and epidemiological investigation
   1. Where appropriate, support the maintenance of outbreak and incident databases, the development of data extraction tools and automated routines and undertake basic descriptive and trend analysis
   2. Contribute to the production of outbreak reports
   3. Adapt and develop automated routines to support surveillance activities, following and advising on Standard Operating Procedures and contribute to and support the production of routine surveillance reports including basic descriptive analysis
   4. Respond to routine data requests
   5. Adapt queries and undertake basic analysis of data to support research
Statistical skills
   6. Undertake basic statistical tests, under guidance
Software skills
   7. Use common statistical/database/mapping tools as part of pre-defined routines
   8. Undertake basic analytical skills using common software packages to support analysis such as producing tables, graphs etc. and running queries
Quality and governance
   9. Be aware of, and comply with, information governance guidance including for example the secure storage and transfer of PII
  10. Support audit through data extraction and basic analysis
Workforce and HR
  11. Be responsible for managing own workload, including developing objectives and reviewing progress against these.

Person specification

It is important through your application and Statement of Suitability of no more than 750 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) or relevant experience in the maintenance and analysis of data
  • Analytical skills and experience of basic statistical tests including performing basic descriptive and trend analysis
  • Experience of report writing
  • Experience of maintaining, analysing and interpreting data using common software packages such as Microsoft Office
  • Experience and understanding of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Knowledge/experience of working in an NHS environment and/or epidemiology / public
  • Good oral and written communication (including presentation) skills
  • Ability to produce work of high quality and accuracy to deadlines including when under pressure
  • Good organisation, prioritisation and time management skills and able to work in a multidisciplinary team, as well as on own initiative
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships
  • Higher qualification in IT, biological, information sciences or public health
  • Knowledge and experience of common statistical/database/mapping software and tools
  • Understand information governance issues including an awareness of data protection and confidentiality requirements
  • Ability to adapt queries and undertake basic analysis of data to support research
  • An interest in public health, infectious disease epidemiology and control and statistical analysis
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