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Senior Analyst (Clinical Coder)

National Institute for Health Research

Location: Hybrid working between home and our Twickenham office

Hours: 37.5 per week

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) we enable and deliver world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science. We manage public investment in excess of £450million per annum and provide bespoke expertise to charitable and commercial organisations to get the most out of their research funding. The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is one of NIHR’s Coordinating Centres and manages a number of research funding programmes on behalf of NIHR and the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Research Information team within CCF Information Services are responsible for maintaining an understanding and answering questions about the NIHR funded research. This team is vital to helping key stakeholders in government and elsewhere understand and justify how we spend taxpayer’s money. We have an exciting opportunity in the Research Information Team for someone who wants to develop and apply their health research skills in a role that is vital to the future of NIHR research.

What will you be doing?

The role of the Senior Analyst (Clinical Coder) is to support the Research Information Manager (RIM) in developing and maintaining the research information management functions for CCF. This is a great opportunity for a candidate with a previous background in research and with significant experience in clinical coding or a discipline with a similar methodology to use these skills in a research management environment. The successful candidate will gain a detailed working knowledge of the research portfolio including all programmes and Infrastructure. The candidate will use coding approaches to classify the research portfolio and respond to parliamentary questions and other requests for information from NIHR/DHSC.

To be successful in this role, you will need an appreciation of the information issues affecting researchers, the Department of Health and Social Care, the National Institute for Health Research and the NHS. This role involves working across CCF and the NIHR, and therefore excellent interpersonal skills are essential. There will often be periods of high-level activity, so you should have a systematic approach to workload management, and a commitment to work as part of a team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Quarterly Health Research Classification coding of CCFs research portfolio.
  • Classification of CCF’s research to areas of priority to NIHR, including obesity, dementia, social care research, Covid-19 etc.
  • Respond to parliamentary questions, ministerial briefings and other information requests on topics such as research in a specified disease or type of research activity.
  • Interpret the request for information, advise on the approach and search terms etc. Work with a Data Analyst who will query the database then check the results to ensure only awards in scope of the request are reported.
  • Contribute to projects for example by producing training data for AI tools being developed for research classification
  • Support the RIM on the organising committee of the NIHR Impact & Evaluation Community (I&E) for example with providing relevant content for the I&E newsletter
  • Identify examples of interesting and/or impactful research within the research portfolio.

Why work for us?

Join our team and you’ll be working with an exceptional organisation who manage high quality health and care research for the benefit of patients and the public. We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and we will help you learn and develop your skills and progress your career.

We provide everything you’d expect including a competitive benefits package, enhanced contributory pension scheme, life insurance, season ticket loans, a laptop for home working, allowance for suitable home working equipment, Benenden healthcare, 25 days’ annual leave + bank holidays and a good work/life balance.

We take learning and development very seriously and you can expect to be given a broad range of training opportunities.

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility manages a number of research funding programmes, faculty and infrastructure. We are hosted by LGC Group, you can find out more about our governance here.

To read the full job description and apply online with a CV and cover letter, please click here (

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Location: London, Work from Home
Salary: £35,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th October 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
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