Working for DHSC

We offer a varied, exciting, challenging and rewarding working environment.


Previous experience in a government department is not essential: our staff have backgrounds in the voluntary, public and private sectors.

You can find out more about what it’s like to work at the Department of Health and Social Care on the Civil Service careers website.

Jobs at the Department of Health and Social Care

We are currently recruiting to a variety of roles. Please visit the Civil Service Jobs website for more details and to apply.

All Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) jobs are advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. We also advertise in national and local media.

Vacancies on DHSC’s expert committees are listed below. If there are no vacancies listed below, then we are not currently recruiting to any roles on our expert committees.

Vacancies on the boards of our arm’s length bodies are listed on the Public Appointments website.

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.

Pay

We provide:

  • a competitive salary that is reviewed annually
  • the opportunity to earn performance awards
  • an occupational pension when you join DHSC

Employee benefits and rewards

Employee benefits and rewards include:

  • an employee discount scheme
  • childcare vouchers or tax-free childcare scheme for eligible employees
  • an employee assistance programme providing confidential advice, information and counselling
  • the option to join a trade union
  • an in-year award scheme for one-off exceptional personal or team achievements
  • sick leave on full pay, followed by half pay, up to the maximum allowed by the relevant scheme

Flexibility

Flexibilities include:

  • up to 30 days annual leave and 9 days public and privilege leave in a year (pro rata for part-time staff)
  • time off to deal with emergencies, unexpected situations and certain other unplanned special circumstances
  • paid time off for public service duties, for example if you are an armed forces reservist
  • family-friendly policies, including flexible working patterns
  • flexible working hours, subject to business needs

Family-friendly policies

Eligible employees are entitled to:

  • maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • paternity leave of up to 2 weeks full pay

Development and career opportunities

We offer:

  • rewarding and challenging jobs to help you develop and reach your potential
  • a comprehensive range of learning and development opportunities to help you develop your skills, knowledge and experience

Jobs in the NHS

If you’re interested in working for the NHS, see the NHS Jobs website.

Boards and committees: current vacancies

2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access (VPAS) – Dispute Resolution Panel – chair

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking to appoint a chair to the VPAS Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP). The current VPAS scheme agreed in 2019 aims to deliver the most innovative and cost-effective medicines more quickly, while ensuring the NHS obtains the branded medicines it needs at reasonable prices and also allowing the pharmaceutical industry to earn the money it needs to spend on researching and developing new and improved future medicines. The DRP is brought in when it is not possible for DHSC and the industry to draw a line to balance these objectives.

The role of the chair will be to initially explore the possibility of a compromise and settlement of any dispute through informal mediation between both parties. If a settlement cannot be reached through informal mediation, the chair will convene a formal panel meeting to decide the dispute.

As chair, you should be a solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland of at least 7 practice years’ standing and/or a person who has at least 7 practice years’ experience of significant mediation or dispute resolution.

The successful candidate should also have:

  • experience and knowledge of the world of industry, commerce and/or the healthcare sector
  • the ability to chair a panel in accordance with regulations, guidance and the roles of VPAS
  • the ability to understand complex and technical issues and to consider and interrogate evidence when making decisions
  • the ability to identify solutions to difficult problems, with an objective, independent and impartial approach

Remuneration will be at a rate of £650 per day, plus expenses. You will be paid for a minimum of 12 days per year (pro rata for part years) as a retainer even if required for fewer days, in return for which you will be expected to be available to hear disputes within no more than 30 days of a dispute being raised. The time commitment will be variable depending on the number of cases referred, though as a guide, dispute hearings can last up to 2 days. You will need to set aside time (up to 6 days) for preparation and drafting cases.

The Senior Responsible Officer determines that the initial appointment will run until 31 December 2023 when the current VPAS ends. The appointment may be renewed at the end of the first period of office, subject to consistently good performance for a further 5-year period. There should therefore be no expectation of automatic reappointment.

If you require an alternative format please call Jonathan Miller on 0113 204 5454 quoting the reference VAC-1789.

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

The closing date for applications is midday on 1 November 2021.

Chair of the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access (VPAS) – Dispute Resolution Panel: information pack for applicants

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