Health Education England (HEE)

Developer - Back End Developer - Focus On ESR

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
17 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
46 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 11 October 2019
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 18 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Back End Java Developer using open source and cloud technologies to create a service-led solution with an integration layer to a legacy technology stack. We work in an Agile environment using Scrum
Latest start date Monday 4 November 2019
Expected contract length Six months
Location London
Organisation the work is for Health Education England (HEE)
Maximum day rate We decided not to set a maximum day rate or disclose our budget constraints. We seek excellent value for money and affordability.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement -
Who the specialist will work with You'll be expected to work with the following:

- Scrum Master, Service Managers (Product Owners) and Team (incl. BAs, UI/UX, Test Lead, Front End and Full Stack Developers, Ops)

Stakeholders such as:
- ESR stakeholders (e.g. development team)
- Trainees (of the medical, dental, pharmacy and healthcare science profession)
- (Hospital) Trust administrators and managers
- Business Managers and subject experts
- Others involved in the education and training of the multi professional healthcare workforce

Third party suppliers
- Legacy and future suppliers
What the specialist will work on A Back End Java Developer is required to deliver a bi-directional interface between HEE's TIS system and ESR.

This involves:
Reviewing the viability of the existing one-way interface from TIS to HEE;
Using knowledge and experience of both traditional and modern interfaces to come up with the optimal solution;
Developing, deploying and ensuring the integrity of a microservice to transfer data to and from the TIS MySQL database;
Documenting systems integration aspects, versioning and design with service evolution in mind;
Potential development of a user interface (as directed by the outputs from the Business Analyst discovery work).

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Health Education England
Floor 3
Stewart House
Russell Square
Working arrangements Timescales being worked to:
Advert closes – 18/10/19.
Shortlisting – W/C 21/10/19
Successful suppliers invited to interview - W/C 21/10/19
Unsuccessful suppliers informed - W/C 21/10/19
Interviews - Monday 28th October (IN PERSON)
Contract award - W/C 28/10/19
Preferred start date – 04/11/19

HEE is an employer keen on promoting work/life balance, and protecting people's mental health. As such we expect all staff to work remotely one day a week. Further remote working is also possible subject to negotiation with line manager.

The role is outside of IR35.
Security clearance No

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions The awarded supplier will also need to adhere to the principles set out in the standard NHS Terms and Conditions.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Have considerable experience in testing systems
  • Have Linux, Docker, Cloud platforms
  • Have Java 8-11, Maven, Gradle, Spring/Spring Boot
  • Have Junit, Mockito
  • Have MySQL, NoSQL
  • Git
  • Practices Agile principles
  • Have experience in Messaging systems (Kafka, RabbitMQ)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • JIRA and Confluence experience
  • Knowledge of web services/REST, microservices
  • Teaching, knowledge transfer and pair-programming

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work transparently and collaboratively in a no-blame culture, encouraging all to fail fast and learn from mistakes
  • Demonstrate experience of supporting and coaching other team members
  • Evidence their confidence to challenge the status quo
  • Evidence ability to work with clients with low technical expertise
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for their work
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there an incumbent in place? No there is not. This is a new opportunity.
2. Can the Authority confirm if they are working with an incumbent supplier ? No we are not.
3. Is there an incumbent supplier? No there is not.
4. is there a current incumbent? No there is not.
5. How many specialist can each agency submit? You are limited to submitting one specialist application as per the framework guidance.
6. Can a agency submit more than one candidate No, you can only submit one application as per the framework guidance.
7. Would you consider 100% remote work? Whilst we support maintaining a work/life balance, working 100% of the role remotely would not be supported.
8. There is no rate mentioned, what is the all inclusive day rate? As identified in our advert, HEE has decided not to set a maximum day rate or disclose our budget constraints. We seek excellent value for money and affordability.