Greater Manchester Digital Pathology Test Lead – Northern Care Alliance NHS Group – Oldham

  • Full Time
  • Oldham

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Job details

£47,126 – £53,219 a year

Job type
Fixed term contract

Full Job Description
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) brings together staff and services from the former Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The sheer size, scale and potential of our combined service is huge. Together, we’ve a wealth of skills and resources to share and tap into and, a wide range of career paths for you to develop and explore. If you want to join a team of around 20,000 NHS experts in delivering high-quality, local care across Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale and beyond –
come and take your place with us.

Job overview

TEST LEAD – (12 months fixed term). Full time – Band 8a subject to AfC banding.

You will support the Implementation Lead to coordinate all activities associated with the implementation of the Greater Manchester Digital Pathology programme; providing and implementing programme management processes for providers in the system to align their Pathology services with National and regional priorities.

You will be responsible for the implementation and co-ordination of the end-to-end assurance and test strategy in the systems development life cycle. In addition the provision of technical direction and governance (for assurance and testing), liaison with the migration partners / IT delivery leads to deliver on their behalf, to ensure consistent interpretation of our mutual test strategies

You will have considerable experience already at this level, and a thorough knowledge of Pathology networks and Digital Pathology, with wide experience of delivering transformational programmes in a diagnostic setting

Main duties of the job

The Greater Manchester Digital Pathology Test Lead is an integral role within the Greater Manchester Digital Pathology Central Implementation Team and will form part of the overall Greater Manchester Pathology Network programme team.

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of the Greater Manchester Digital Pathology solution and provide technical and subject matter expertise to drive, maintain and optimise the system across the Greater Manchester Pathology Network.

The Greater Manchester Digital Pathology Test Lead will act as the key link between system supplier, local operational services, and other GM digital teams to ensure that the GM Digital Pathology solution is implemented, and infrastructures are fully maintained.

The post holder will work closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders to assist with the Digital Pathology implementation at pace which has been agreed and adopted across the GM Pathology network members.

The role will provide significant technical and operational management to support system integration and sharing of technical knowledge to local system managers and wider Pathology service personnel

Working for our organisation

The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) is one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Launched in April 2017, the NCA serves over one million people across Greater Manchester and employs over 19,000 healthcare professionals across Bury, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham. The sheer size, scale and potential of our combined service is huge. At the NCA, we can offer groupwide, flexible multi-site opportunities, as part of our connected, integrated and engaged team. We believe in saving and improving lives and are passionate about driving forward significant improvements to the provision of safe, high-quality integrated health and social care to our local community. If you share our vision, take your place with us.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

In line with the Trust’s Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, marital status, social background or trade union membership.

Person specification


Essential criteria
    • Clinical/professional qualification OR extensive experience of working in NHS/Education/Health & Social Care Sector
    • Educated to master’s level or equivalent experience (must be able to demonstrate ability to have the capacity/experience to take on a management role)
    • In depth specialist experience including installation and interfacing to other IT systems and imaging equipment and soft/hardware management
    • In depth networking knowledge as imaging systems are highly sensitive to network capability
    • Extensive knowledge of web browser technology
Desirable criteria
    • Knowledge of IT networks and communication protocols
COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information at where you can also find out more about how to access vaccination. There is a current Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new starters may need to be vaccinated.


We reserve the right to close the online vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and return your application form as soon as possible.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from everyone. We value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge, and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of our local community. If you are disabled and require reasonable adjustments to the application process, please contact the Recruitment Team to discuss.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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