Informatics Recruitment Campaign

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Innovation in informatics is driving improvements in future patient care. It could also transform your skills and prospects, whatever your background.

Fit for the future

About us

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), is the largest acute trust in the UK, with over 25,000 staff caring for over million patients a year. Combining 10 hospitals and community services from across Greater Manchester, we provide outstanding patient care and services.

Our ambition is to build on our leading initiatives and revolutionise the way we work together. That’s why we’re embarking on a programme of unprecedented transformation that will see cutting-edge digital solutions integrated across all our sites and services. This is an opportunity to develop your skills at the forefront of advances in healthcare management.

Together we’ll make MFT – and your expertise – fit for the future.

About Informatics

Rapid, real-time access to reliable information makes all the difference in acute healthcare, where we are often treating patients requiring multiple interventions across different specialisms. This is an opportunity to join a close-knit community of experts working at the forefront of NHS systems. In recognition of our vital contribution to patient care, the team is backed by significant investment, ensuring we can keep pace with evolving informatics technology. From deploying best in class enterprise-wide Electronic Patient Records (EPR) to data warehousing and business intelligence that support the decision-making of clinical and operational staff, we’re using leading technology to increase organisational efficiency and improve patient health outcomes.

Major pieces of work currently include supporting our front line clinicians during the COVID outbreak and providing information technology support to the new COVID vaccine clinics throughout the Trust. We have multiple digital transformation programmes delivering state of the art digital health care products and integrating our tenth hospital into the MFT family. Our digital strategy involves radically redesigning how we deliver healthcare across Manchester. In particular, working with our clinical colleagues, our North Manchester hospital rebuild will be ‘Digital by Design’ using the best of existing and emerging technologies to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients.

About you

We have a top class workforce who are delivering amazing healthcare and we now need more IT and information experts from a wide range of backgrounds to make our transformation a success. NHS experience is not essential: we’re more interested in professionals with strong, transferable technical skills and a drive to keep pace with current methodologies and technologies as well as imagine and support the technologies of the future. From Network Engineers to Solutions Architects, Data Warehousing Specialists to Project Managers, we’re looking for people who can size up problems, think strategically about solutions, work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a passion for public service, who are proud to be in the NHS workforce. In return we’ll ensure you have the opportunity to continuously hone your skills, in a team united by a common purpose: harnessing information to improve acute care.

The benefits are all tailored for you

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We offer a unique and comprehensive NHS benefits package, including:

Staff Support – Our self-referral service is open to all staff and offers individual counselling and therapy for personal and work-related issues.

Health & Wellbeing – We deliver a range of services including Fitness for Work support, rapid access physiotherapy, emotional resilience and wellbeing training, immunisation and vaccination programmes.

Full and part-time training and career development – We’ll give you a personal development plan and review your progress annually to make sure you’re always taking your career forwards.

Flexible Working – We’re committed to developing a flexible workforce that can adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. If you want to work flexibly, we’ll do everything in our powers to make it happen and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.  This will depend on the nature of the role and the requirements of the service/team.

Staff Networks – We’re committed to our equality and diversity policy and run three staff networks: our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network, our Disabled Staff Network, and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.

Rewards Team – We have a dedicated team who can offer you advice on Parental and Family support and with a bespoke internal intranet site where you will find lots of interesting information of benefits and discounts.

Staff Discounts – A range of discounts to include gyms, restaurant and bars, hair and beauty, travel and much more can be found on our internal intranet site.

Salary Sacrifice Scheme – We run a scheme which you can use part of your salary against a non-cash benefit which brings about savings for you– this can be used against  set schemes we have in place for cars, bikes and accessories, car parking & day nursery

Interest Free Travel Loans/ Discounted Travel – We offer interest free travel loans, enabling you to purchase an annual ticket for the Metrolink, Train, and Buses. You can also purchase a discounted weekly or monthly Stagecoach bus ticket

On site Nurseries – you can pay for this facility through our salary sacrifice scheme:

Day Nursery – First Steps Day Nursery is based on our Oxford Road site for children aged 6mths to 5 years

Kids Planet Day Nursery – based on our Wythenshawe site for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years

Our recruitment process is all set for you

Applying with us is simple and straightforward.  Read on to get some top tips to consider before you press ‘apply’.

Before applying

Before submitting an application, it’s really important to read the job description and person specification for the role you’re interested in and decide if your qualifications, skills and experience are well suited to our requirements.  After all, this is what we will be using to make an informed decision about those candidates we progress to the next stage.

You’ll then need to submit an online application. This should tell us about your education, key achievements and qualifications plus your relevant skills and experience (both work and non-work related if relevant). But it’s also an opportunity to tell us about why our transformation excites you and what you hope to gain by joining us.  Instead of just listing tasks you do or have done in a job, think carefully about communicating strong examples that really demonstrate to the shortlister how closely your skills and experience match up with the key factors of the person specification. Remember, most person specifications have a series of ‘essential criteria’ so as a matter of course, recruiting managers will look to determine who matches this closely, but also, even better if you meet the essential and some or all of the ‘desirable criteria too. That’s what might help you stand apart from other applicants.

More than anything, take time to think about your application and if you’ve applied before, don’t just re-submit the same application for another role – each attempt should be well thought through and be tailored to the skills, experience and knowledge required for the role you’re applying for.

Post shortlisting & progression to selection

If you’re shortlisted for a role you apply for, you’ll be contacted by our Recruitment Team via email and they’ll inform you about the selection process.  This will vary according to the role but typically this process will be carried out virtually via MS Teams so you’d need to ensure you have a device or access to a device that would allow you to use this.  If you don’t have MS Teams installed, please use click here to download it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app

Virtual and face to face selection processes may include exercises as straightforward as a Technical & Competency Based Interview but could be supplemented with other exercises to enable us assess your skills, knowledge and capabilities in other ways. This may include asking you to partake in a Stakeholder Engagement Exercise, a Problem Solving Exercise and an In Tray Exercise as an example but again, this will look different depending on the role you have applied for.

Diversity Matters

As an organisation we’re truly committed to being an employer of choice that recruits and develops staff fairly so that talented people choose to join, remain and develop within the Trust. Our aim is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels and we therefore positively welcome applications from the diversity of population we serve. Equal opportunities is a key guiding principle to all our work including that our recruitment practices provide equal access to all

FAQs

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Why is MFT Informatics Team a great choice for my next and best career move?

You will be part of a busy, expanding team in an environment focused on delivering significant and innovative improvements in healthcare across Manchester. We are delivering state of the art digital solutions which test our technical knowledge and enhance our experience and knowledge of emerging technologies. Work is interesting and varied covering critical operational priorities and exciting strategic programmes with a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development.

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What’s the culture in MFT’s Informatics Team?

We are a busy team, committed to delivering world class technology and services. We enjoy working in cross functional teams to find innovative solutions and take pride in being agile in the way we respond to emergencies such as COVID and the new vaccination programme. Our culture is genuinely inclusive and supportive. We enjoy what we do and are genuinely excited about the future of Informatics within MFT.

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Is there an option for flexible working?

As an informatics professional you will have the option to work flexibly depending on the requirements of your particular role.

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What am I to expect in terms of development and variation in role?

This is an exciting time for MFT Informatics with the new EPR, digital hospitals and our commitment to innovative technologies. Our team in growing to support the transformation with all the opportunities that offers and many of our existing staff have taken the opportunity to move into some of the new roles such as the EPIC EPR team.

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To what extent is the work of the Informatics Team connected to the patient and how will I know my job is making a difference to the MFT overall operational plan?

Everything we do at MFT is aimed at ultimately benefiting our patients. The Informatics operational and strategic plans have been developed to support and enable the overall MFT plans and our Vision for the future of healthcare across Manchester. Your role might require being out and about in our hospitals for instance supporting technologies in use on the wards or in clinics or you might be part of a team working with clinicians and other healthcare professionals to design and implement new technologies to improve patient care. Our teams have recently had to rapidly deploy to support our front-line staff for COVID care and are now supporting our new COVID vaccination clinics with applications, IT equipment and reporting. MFT Informatics also set up all the IT for the Manchester Nightingale Hospital. Our datacentre, network engineers and support teams ‘keep the lights on’ 24/7. Other colleagues are working on more strategic technology projects such as our new digital hospitals. Whatever you do, Informatics is a fundamental enabler in the delivery of patient care and it will be important in delivering exceptional and improving that care for our patients both today and into the future

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To what extent is the work of the Informatics Team connected to the patient and how will I know my job is making a difference to the MFT overall operational plan?

Everything we do at MFT is aimed at ultimately benefiting our patients. The Informatics operational and strategic plans have been developed to support and enable the overall MFT plans and our Vision for the future of healthcare across Manchester. Your role might require being out and about in our hospitals for instance supporting technologies in use on the wards or in clinics or you might be part of a team working with clinicians and other healthcare professionals to design and implement new technologies to improve patient care. Our teams have recently had to rapidly deploy to support our front-line staff for COVID care and are now supporting our new COVID vaccination clinics with applications, IT equipment and reporting. MFT Informatics also set up all the IT for the Manchester Nightingale Hospital. Our datacentre, network engineers and support teams ‘keep the lights on’ 24/7. Other colleagues are working on more strategic technology projects such as our new digital hospitals. Whatever you do, Informatics is a fundamental enabler in the delivery of patient care and it will be important in delivering exceptional and improving that care for our patients both today and into the future

Last but not least

When you join us, we want you to live a happy, fulfilled, rewarding, enjoyable career with us. We will help you be your best.  We want you to respect everyone and strive for excellence, acting as a team player, supporting your colleagues where honesty and integrity really matter but above all, putting the patient at the very heart of everything you do.

Wherever you are in MFT, you’ll find it all here for you.  And if you want more, we’ll aim to provide you with the training, support and development to grow your skills and knowledge and be the best you can be; not only you, but for all the patients and their families we care for.

Why not take a look at the range of vacancies we have available as part of this campaign by clicking on the button below.  This will transfer you to our Applicant Tracking System (TRAC) where you will be presented with a range job tiles which you’ll need to select, based on the type of job you’re looking for.

Click here to search all our live jobs in Informatics. NOTE: The job numbers for this campaign start with the acronym INF