We are responsible for:
- supporting and advising our ministers: we help them shape and deliver policy that delivers the government’s objectives
- setting direction: we anticipate the future and lead debate ensuring we protect and improve global and domestic health
- accountability: we make sure the department and our arm’s length bodies deliver on our agreed plans and commitments
- acting as guardians of the health and care framework: we make sure the legislative, financial, administrative and policy frameworks are fit for purpose and work together
- troubleshooting: in the last resort, the public and Parliament expect us to take the action needed to resolve crucial and complex issues
From 2021 to 2022 we will:
protect the public’s health through the health and social care system’s response to COVID-19
improve healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality and sustainable care at the right time in the right place and by improving infrastructure and transforming technology
improve healthcare outcomes through a well-supported workforce
improve, protect and level up the nation’s health, including through reducing health disparities
improve social care outcomes through an affordable, high quality and sustainable adult social care system
Read our outcome delivery plan to find out more about our outcomes and strategic enablers and how we will achieve them.
Who we are
DHSC is a ministerial department, supported by a number of agencies and partner organisations. As of 31 December 2020, the department employs 3,030 full-time equivalent employees, who work in locations across the country.
Find out more about the department’s agencies and partner organisations, also known as arm’s length bodies.
This page includes contact information and a list of members of the executive boards.