Contract Permanent
Hours per week 37.5
Salary £36 786 – £48 852
Location Cambridge
Application is by Covering letter and CV to
Closing date  Friday 15th December 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join an experienced team of cancer analysts and systems developers to work on world-leading population-level big data in the field of cancer.

We are looking for someone who has an ambition to make a difference to patient care and cancer outcomes, is a very analyst or epidemiologist with a sound theoretical understanding of statistical methods and techniques.

You will lead the development of the ‘Standing Cohorts’ project:

  • identifying different patterns of medical prescriptions in cancer patients before their diagnosis, and comparing those patterns against controls (patients without cancer);
  • developing and validating predictive models which will support earlier diagnosis of cancer by detecting cancer in symptomatic patients.

HDI is a social enterprise working with Public Health England on an anonymous, conjoined record-level dataset that contains prescription data for drugs dispensed in the community – a resource of unparalleled scale and complexity with detail that is unmatched anywhere in the world.

Informal enquiries may be made by email to Pesh Doubleday (

Application is by covering letter and CV to

The role 

HDI is establishing a series of standing cohorts studies. These are anonymous real world epidemiological cohort of patients followed up over time using existing continuously updated longitudinal data sources.  As senior analyst you will be responsible for delivering the analytical elements of the studies working closely with members of the project team.

To successfully deliver this project you must have demonstrable skills in understanding and manipulating large amounts of data. This will include:

  • analyses, interpretation and presentation of public health and cancer data;
  • gather, manage and evaluate data from a range of sources:
  • detailed review of prevalence and incidence advanced disease in a number of cancers
  • a considered review of treatment effects on survival, adverse events and cost;
  • an overall examination of the relationship between these and the outcomes.

You will be an excellent communicator, building strong relationships and working collaboratively with key stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities

  • Applying specialist analytical, statistical and epidemiological methods to highly complex data from a variety of sources to routine and ad hoc analytical projects and tasks as well as providing specialist advice on the appropriate use of this information.
  • Acquiring and maintaining a thorough understanding of relevant core datasets, including potential uses and limitations, and participating in dataset user groups where appropriate.
  • Working with the project team to optimise use of new data sources and identifying new and innovative ways to analyse and present intelligence. Engaging with stakeholders to ensure analyses are valid and interpretation is clinically accurate.
  • Using a variety of methods including written briefings and oral presentations to interpret and communicate outcomes of highly complex data analyses to both non-statistical and statistical professionals and stakeholders, determining the appropriate level of complexity according to the needs of the audience.
  • Taking a lead role in HDI’s analytical capability, planning, managing and delivering on a range of projects requiring complex analytical input from other HDI and external colleagues, including data output, workloads and delivery timescales.
  • Supporting and promoting the use of HDI’s quality assurance procedures and standard operating procedures, including compliance with corporate policies in relation to security, confidentiality and release of information.
  • Attending meetings with key stakeholders.
  • Supporting the local, national and international translation of outputs through awareness raising, oral presentations and written briefings or reports as well as managing and contributing to the production, publication and dissemination of reports, epidemiological studies and any other outputs as identified by the Standing cohorts project team.
  • Working with the team to ensure the effective use by the end user of nationally developed tools and resources.
  • Contribute to other innovative data projects in HDI working with analysts in other organisations


This is a permanent post within Health Data Insight. The postholder will be employed by Health Data Insight CIC (HDI) and subject to HDI’s terms and conditions of employment as set out in their contract.

The post holder will be accountable to the HDI Standing Cohort project lead.

Information Governance

You will ensure that all data transfer arrangements, storage and use, and handling of personal sensitive health data meet HDI, PHE, and the NHS’s information governance requirements.


  • Identify own learning needs; locate appropriate training resources (e.g. books, web tutorials) to address these needs;
  • Provide education and training to others where appropriate;
  • Manage own workload, estimating time to completion of tasks, identifying any factors that may cause delays or problems in implementation;
  • Take an interest in maintaining knowledge of relevant issues;
  • Undertake any other duties as required by the HDI Directors, either on a temporary basis or following mutually agreed changes to the job description;