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Assistant Director of Information Governance and Data Security

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
37.5 hours per week
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Tavistock Centre
£59,083 to £67,760 per annum (inc. HCAS)
21/08/2019 23:59
Interview date


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


As a member of the Transformation directorate and operating across all functional teams making up the directorate, including Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”), Informatics, Estates & Facilities (“E&F”) as well as Information Governance & Security, the Assistant Director of Information Governance and Data Security will be responsible for operational management of data security and protection, information governance (“IG”), data systems governance & compliance, and data / information risk across the Trust covering all our clinical, education and research activities.  They will provide strategic guidance and oversight for all matters in the Trust related to data security, information governance, systems compliance and cyber security.


The post holder will fulfil the role of Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) for the Trust, as set out in the General Data Protection Regulation.  The DPO will work closely with the Trust Senior Information Risk Owner (“SIRO”) and Deputy SIRO to ensure the Trust’s compliance with all relevant legislation.  The DPO will provide regular assurance to the Trust Board and its Committees of the Trust’s compliance with such legislation and may communicate directly with the Trust Board, bypassing line management if required, to raise any concerns.  They will work closely with the Trust Board Non-Executive Director allocated to data security and protection to develop and maintain this reporting line and assurance provided to the Trust Board.


The post holder will continually oversee all data security and protection risk within the organisation and will ensure suitable mitigations are in place and continually maintained.  To this end, the post holder will continually monitor and ensure compliance with all relevant statutory legislation and other guidance, including but not limited to CareCERT reporting and NHS Information Standards Notices / Data Coordination Board notices.

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David Wyndham Lewis

Director of Transformation & Technology

020 8938 2694