‘Brightest and the best’ sought for pioneering national centre


‘The brightest and the best’ are being sought by a pioneering national centre, to transform the way public services share information.

Around 15 positions are available at the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing, which has been set up to support public services to share information in a safe, secure and seamless way.

It is supported by a range of Government departments and agencies, including the Department of Health, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The centre’s director, Stephen Curtis, said recruitment was underway for a series of posts that could be covered by funded secondments.

He said: “We’re working with local and national organisations, to help tackle their information sharing issues and provide hands-on, practical help that can improve services to people.

“These job opportunities are perfect for those who are committed to excellent services and want to make their mark on the public sector.

“We can also offer them as funded secondment opportunities – offering you support to keep your service running, while your staff develop skills and build your capacity for the future.”

Positions are available across five posts, in a virtual team based around the country and hosted by Leicestershire County Council: Head of Engagement (for regions); Head of Dissemination; National Liaison Manager; Engagement Manager; and Dissemination Co-ordinator.

Secondments – full or part-time – could benefit employers. Benefits include the following:

  • You will get training and development on information sharing, transformation, and the big policy areas such as health and social care integration and welfare reform.
  • You will get experience working in other localities, and their approaches to transformation and information sharing.
  • Your employer will get backfill funding for the time you spend working with the Centre.
  • You will take your development and experience back into your own organisation.

Head of Engagement (West), Nicola Underdown, encouraged people to apply and said: “My work is constantly stimulating. Every day is different, challenging and hugely rewarding.”

For further details, see www.informationsharing.org.uk

Media note:

For interviews with Stephen Curtis, please contact Leicestershire County Council’s press office on 0116 305 6274 or email Stephen.curtis@leics.gov.uk