This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and committed IT professional to manage a dedicated team providing Information Communication and Technology services throughout NHS Orkney.
This post will be based at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall; The IT department provides ICT services to the Balfour Hospital, Health Centres, Dental Practices, Board Headquarters and other locations throughout Orkney.
Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O'Groats and the Shetland Isles, Orkney is an archipelago of over 70 beautiful islands, 17 of which are inhabited. The total population is approximately 22,000 with most people living on the Mainland. Kirkwall, with its spectacular red sandstone 12th century cathedral, is the capital. With a population of 7,500, it is the administrative centre of Orkney with a good mix of shops, supermarkets and businesses.
There is a rich archaeological history to be explored, as well as many outdoor pursuits, including diving in Scapa Flow, kayaking, walking, cycling, bird watching, and many more. Orcadian culture is rich, with music and arts and crafts well represented. The St Magnus Music Festival in June is internationally renowned. Orkney offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery.
The post holder will ensure the IT department delivers effective care to staff by providing excellent operational and managerial leadership. They will strive to improve the quality of the service the team provides by encouraging professional development and the increase of technical knowledge. The post holder will be working alongside fellow Heads of Department and other Health Board and Local Authority colleagues to support strategies for service improvement and developments in line with Departmental, Board and Scottish Government initiatives.
The successful candidate will have a degree in a Computer Science related subject or will have demonstrable experience in managing an IT service or department. They will be able to demonstrate competence across a range of management and leadership skills, supported by skilled professional knowledge, as well as by excellent problem solving skills. They will also be a strong effective communicator, with experience in building working relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders, to develop service improvements and innovations.
The successful candidate will also have excellent computer skills, a sound knowledge of current and emerging ICT technologies and how they can be deployed in a challenging remote and rural setting and a good knowledge of associated legislation. The post holder must be flexible and adaptable and have skills to deal with conflict and challenging behaviour in the workplace.
Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity – Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and voted one of the happiest place to live in the UK.