Do you have an interest in using data, information and evidence to improve health and social care services – including care homes and NHS hospitals? Would you like to develop your skills in an organisation which makes sure care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care?

Our Intelligence Graduate Analyst Scheme welcomes an intake of graduates every year to join our Intelligence Unit. To register your interest in the 2017 scheme please click here.

Overview of the scheme

The scheme lasts for 2 years, with four six-month placements in different teams. You will have placements focusing on provider analytics, qualitative analysis and national reporting.

Given the nature of our work, you could benefit from opportunities unlike those available to analysts in other organisations:

  • Play an important role in the inspection of hospitals, GP practices or care homes to support the improvement in the care and experience of patients and the public.
  • Conduct analysis and write reports on national trends using information unique to CQC to support its role as an authoritative voice on health care.
  • Work on the development of CQC Insight, supporting the identification of risk for health and social care organisations.

In addition, Graduate Analysts will have the opportunity to have one of their four placements in another organisation, for example the Department of Health and NHS England.

What the current graduates say:

“CQC is great to work for with plenty of career progression opportunities.”– Siobhan

“The graduate scheme has enabled me to learn new skills and get involved in lots of development opportunities”– Emily

“We’ve done loads of training and we can put forward ideas for other training we would like.”– Lauren

“The graduate scheme is allowing us a chance to develop a wide range of skills as we rotate and have a broad experience of different teams within Intelligence.”– Naomi

Graduates could gain experience in:

  • National reporting: analysing health and social care information at a national level for national published reports and internal updates for each health and social care sector.
  • Qualitative analysis: using both local and national qualitative data, including the views of service users, the providers and locations we regulate and external key stakeholders.
  • Provider analytics – intelligent monitoring: indicator development, analysis and data interpretation to produce a banding that is used to prioritise our inspection schedule.
  • Provider analytics – data packs: analysing both qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources, to produce packs to guide inspection teams.
  • Programme and provider liaison: effective programme and project support for the intelligent monitoring, data pack and inspection teams.
  • Policy and evaluation: reporting meaningful progress against the strategic objectives and supporting continuous improvement particularly focusing on evaluation.
  • Thematic reviews: producing analytical input for CQC’s thematic activity, which looks in depth at a particular question about the quality of care.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking to recruit numerate graduate analysts who can demonstrate good judgment, aspiration, and the ability to learn. You will have an analytical mindset and an interest in data and information. The Intelligence Unit employs around 300 people: in 2015 we recruited 10 graduate analysts to join this scheme.

If you have, or are expecting, a 2:2 or above in any degree subject we’d welcome your application.

What we offer

If successful you’ll be offered a two year fixed-term contract. Based in Bristol, there is likely to be frequent travel to London and occasionally to other parts of the country. Teams can be dispersed across England, so you may be managed remotely. We offer mentoring so you have the right level of support to develop in your role. There is a competitive starting salary and benefits include 27 days annual leave and enrolment in the NHS pension scheme.

Towards the end of the two year programme you will be encouraged to apply for a permanent role. This could be to senior analyst (current starting salary £29,725); with 300+ posts we hope there are opportunities to fit your career ambitions and developing interests. We aim to develop your transferable skills and there is a range of other roles across CQC you may wish to explore. The skills and training you receive will also equip you for a number of analyst roles across the health and social care sector.

Learning and Development

You will benefit from a structured learning and development programme as well as opportunities to develop ideas and organise training events. Examples of training include: data driven insight; data visualisation; qualitative analysis; and report writing. You will shadow inspection visits to enable an understanding of how inspections work and how Intelligence is used to support them. You can expect oversight from managers to support your development throughout the Graduate Analyst Scheme.