B6 Assistant Data Protection Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £16.04 per hour
Published 16 days ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Kim Martin
Job ref BELSL_1633355017

Job description

Staffline Recruitment has been appointed as HSCNI's recruitment partner of choice for Admin, clerical and Support Services.

BELSL / Band 6 Assistant Data Protection Officer

Rate of Pay: £16.04phr

Location: Franklin Street, Belfast

Hours: 37.5hrs

Job Summary:

This post has been created to provide support and assistance to BSO's Data Protection Officer, and in particular to assist with the growing workload arising from recently-enacted data protection legislation, and the impact of the UK's exit from the EU.

The Assistant Data Protection Officer will support BSO in promoting adherence to Data Protection legislation within the organisation, leading on a range of matters.

The postholder will have regular communications with all business areas within BSO and assist the DPO in providing them with professional advice, guidance and support so they understand their responsibilities in relation to data protection matters. This will include deputising on behalf of the DPO when required.


Service Delivery

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a data protection framework aligned with the UK GDPR
  • Lead on the review of current data sharing arrangements both within, and external to, the Health and Social Care system
  • Lead on the development of data flow mapping across the organisation to ensure that data flows are captured, risk assessed and actions taken to mitigate data protection threats identified
  • Assist with the development of the Business Continuity Plan, including testing and documentation
  • Assist in the review and scrutiny of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) for proposed new systems and/or processes
  • Collaborative Working / Key Working Relationships
  • Support management and staff across BSO with the development and maintenance of the information asset register
  • Develop mechanisms within which to provide the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) with appropriate assurances
  • Participate, co-ordinate or lead in investigations of data protection complaints / breaches as required.
  • Develop 'lessons learnt' communications for communication to all staff
  • Provide administration support to the DPO as required
  • Work alongside other staff within BSO's Information Governance Team on joint projects as appropriate


  • Identify the areas of risk and exposure associated with data protection, and develop and implement improvement plans to address gaps
  • Develop and lead on audits and reviews of data protection compliance internally, and with client organisations, including development of recommendations based on this
  • Assist to work to address issues and risks listed in the risk register
  • Provide administrative support and in some cases deputise for the DPO, including attendance at regional fora as required
  • Development and Innovation
  • Develop and maintain an information sharing register, in support or as part of the information asset register
  • Support the DPO in the development of staff training mechanisms
  • Work with other corporate services staff on the development of an integrated system to manage requests for information and data breaches
  • Pro-actively review new and emerging guidance, legislation, standards relating to research governance
  • Implement, lead and co-ordinate continuous improvement initiatives across BSO to promote best practice

Experience and Qualifications:

University Degree or professional qualification in a data protection / information governance related field AND 2 years' experience in the analysis, interpretation and practical application of relevant legislation (i.e. UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018) at a management level*


2 years' experience in the analysis, interpretation and practical application of relevant legislation (i.e. UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018) at a management level*


A GCSE (Grade A-C) in English Language or equivalent to demonstrate satisfactory literacy skills required to discharge the role

An understanding of data protection issues within Health and Social Care

Experience in the use of Microsoft Office applications

Knowledge of project management techniques


Effective communication skills to discharge the duties of the post in full (i.e. development of strategy / reports)

Ability to develop effective working relationships and networks, to facilitate collaborate working and good working relationships across multiple departments in discharge of the role

Demonstrable organisational skills and a proven ability to work under pressure with competing priorities


An ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applicants


Experience in the development and implementation of policies / procedures

Experience in the development and rollout of new systems, and experience in the development of operational procedures that govern these systems

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