Tester - NHS Aspect Resources
Published: 7th February 2019
Job Type
Simon Nash


NHS Wales Informatics Service


Contracting Authority: NHS Wales Informatics Service
Contract Length: Until the end of March
Location: Cardiff
IR35: In scope
Salary: £260 PAYE / £350 umbrella
Security Clearance: BPSS
CV Deadline: 11/2 3pm
Interview Process: face to face interview with hiring manager


NHS experience, Ms SQL, PL/SQL, Testing qualification ISTQB, Agile, Migration Testing in Healthcare setting, SOAP UI, XML



 NHS Wales Informatics Service : we support the improvement of patient care through collaborative provision of high quality information, systems and technologies; ‘Once for Wales’.” Our aim is to modernise health service delivery, promoting new ways of working through better access to information and knowledge for shared decision making.
Its establishment allows Information & Communication Technology (ICT) resources to work together more closely to support a consistent approach to health informatics and the implementation of common national systems. Our values are:

  • We LEARN from our colleagues through the sharing of knowledge and experience to continually improve our service
  • We take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for what we do, being honest with ourselves and others
  • We CARE about the people we support and those we work with
  • We RESPECT and treat everyone in the way that we would wish to be treated
  • We act with INTEGRITY to build trust
  • We are PROUD to be part of NHS Wales and our achievements


The Test Analyst will take a leading role in testing the primary care applications. This testing will be done in accordance with the NWIS Test Framework. This may include developing testing strategy, plans etc., Systems and Integration Testing (SIT), Regression Testing and Performance Testing activities and deliverables, depending on the priorities and stage of development. The role also requires hands on testing to build application expertise and ensure project deadlines are met. The Test Analyst will also need to work closely with NWIS Project Managers, Lead Test Analyst and clinical and technical stakeholders.
1.   Communication and Relationship Skills

The Test Analyst must be able to:-

  1. Develop and maintain relationships with customers and suppliers, where appropriate providing them with advice support and training.

b.    Represent NWIS or the project they are engaged in at relevant meetings when required.

c.    Communicate with staff (e.g. developers and infrastructure specialists) on complex technical, business and clinical matters relating to testing.

d.    Liaise, as necessary, with staff (external and internal to the NHS) to resolve faults and clarify user requirements in order to ensure that systems under test meet the agreed requirements and will allow the associate services to be delivered.


2.   Knowledge, Training and Experience

The Test Analyst must have a relevant degree (or equivalent), or extensive experience of software testing in a highly complex, healthcare technical environment. The Test Analyst should hold the ISTQB foundation certificate in software testing and be able to demonstrate and maintain a sound knowledge of relevant NHS clinical and business processes.

The Test Analyst will be required to:-

a.    Demonstrate and maintain knowledge and expertise of test methodologies and relevant industry standards.

b.    Demonstrate and maintain knowledge and expertise in test tools e.g. Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server.

c.    Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of working within an Agile Methodology.

d.    Acquire and maintain a detailed knowledge of the systems to be tested and the business and clinical processes the system is intended to support.

e.    Demonstrate and maintain the level of knowledge necessary to carry out their duties in areas such as:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Team Foundation Server
  • XML
  • Soap UI
  • Writing and executing SQL queries
  • Server operating systems such as Windows Server, Unix/Linux.

 f.   Have a working knowledge of the Prince 2 project management.

3.   Analytical and Judgemental Skills

The Test Analyst will be required to:-

a.    Analyse and resolve complex IT and testing issues.

b.    Analyse the testing needs of the project in line with the NWIS Test Framework and Patient safety strategy and produce the Test Strategy, Plan and scripts for the various test phases.

c.    Analyse complex business and clinical processes to produce Test Strategies, Test Plans, Test Cases and Test Scripts that reflect the working practices of the areas where a system is to be deployed.

d.    Analyse and document the requirements for non-functional testing.

e.    Set up XML Messages to test the interfaces and interpret results of the messages particularly where failures have occurred.

f.     Test Webservices using SoapUI.

g. Analyse Business Requirements and specifications in order to prepare comprehensive Traceability Matrices for the systems under test.

4.   Planning and Organisational Skills

The Test Analyst will be required to:-

a.    Organise their own work effectively and work on their own initiative.

b.    Prepare detailed plans for carrying out testing including the analysis of cross project dependencies and intra-project dependencies.

c.    Carry out the tasks identified in the relevant test strategy and plans and advise project managers of their progress.

d.    Have a methodical approach to their work with an attention to detail.

5.   Physical Skills

The Test Analyst will need to demonstrate standard keyboard skills.

6.   Responsibility for Patient /Client Care

Whilst the Test Analyst will not have direct involvement in the clinical care of patients / clients, the role is fundamental to the clinical safety of systems designed to plan and facilitate the care of patients.

7.   Responsibility for Policy / Service Development Implementation

The Test Analyst must be able to:-

a.    Design and maintain appropriate controls for the management of system defects to ensure the quality of systems implemented as part of service developments.

b.    Contribute to the on-going development of the Test Framework for national systems as developed by NWIS.

c.    Write test strategies and plans based on a detailed knowledge of complex requirements.


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