About Our Future Health
Our Future Health will be the UK’s largest ever health research programme, bringing people together to develop new ways to detect, prevent and treat diseases. We are a charity, supported by the UK Government, in partnership with charities and industry. We work closely with the NHS and with public authorities across all nations and regions of the UK. Despite big improvements in healthcare in our lifetimes, today millions of people in the UK still live in poor health as they get older. Diseases like cancer, dementia, diabetes, and heart disease affect the lives of many people in our communities. Our goal is to create a world-leading resource for health research, to improve our understanding and spot the patterns of how and why common diseases start, so treatments can begin sooner and be more effective. Our plan is to bring together 5 million volunteers from right across the UK who will be asked to contribute information to help build one of the most detailed pictures we have ever had of people’s health. Researchers will be able to use this information to make new discoveries about human health and diseases. So future generations can live in good health for longer.
Summary of the role’s main purpose:
This is a new role to take the lead across data platforms for Our Future Health as part of our growing technology team, working with the current team of three data scientists and engineers and helping scale the team significantly. This will be a role with an inspiring set of data challenges, for what will eventually be a comprehensive view of the health of 5M people in the UK, including directly gathered information, genetics, NHS records and other linked data. As well as our primary data store, where we’ll be responsible for quality, coding, standardisation, cleaning, linking, ingestion, we will operate a trusted research environment to allow research groups with approved projects to conduct their science and research in a safe and secure environment. Researchers will not be able to export individual-level data but need to be able to export their results and models, and they can also apply to run secondary studies with subsets of the cohort. Our Future Health will be recruiting new participants at a rapid rate over the next few years, and over this period we’ll need to ensure reliable and repeatable automation of data processes, running operations such as ingestion and linkage of multiple NHS datasets, ingestion and processing of genetic data, procurement, configuration, testing and launch of our trusted research environment.
You will also act as a technical authority on our data processes and therefore be involved in discussions and negotiations with research partners from universities, charities and industry, as well as initiatives around the world similar to our own and related organisations including the NHS. This will suit someone who is comfortable negotiating agreements, managing budgets and strategy, as well as having the deep understanding of health data systems at a technical level. There will be a strong focus on security and data governance required: we anticipate moving into an environment where we achieve compliance with standards like ISO27001, CyberEssentials Plus and the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit.
Within the organisation we’d expect this person to build strong relationships with the other technology groups – architecture and software engineering, technical operations – as well as our epidemiology, behavioural science and study operations teams. Currently we are a small organisation of around 40 people, with a total of just 5 in technology as well as an outsourced team with a partner agency, but over the next year the technology group needs to expand significantly, and so we’re looking for a strong track record in hiring and building a great team.
We have an office in central London and a team that is hybrid, with some working fully remotely and attending in-person sessions monthly, and others based in London working flexibly from the office or home.
Technical skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours
We’re looking for candidates with a mix of these experiences:
Working with us
We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. It is vital that a diverse range of people participate in Our Future Health so we can help make discoveries that benefit everyone. We believe that a diverse workforce will help us to achieve that goal.
Join us and become part of the UK’s largest ever health research programme, bringing people together to develop new ways to detect, prevent and treat diseases.
Let’s prevent disease together.