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Previous experience in a government department is not essential: our staff have backgrounds in the voluntary, public and private sectors.
Jobs at the Department of Health
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 (DH) jobs are advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. We also advertise in national and local media.
Vacancies on our boards and committees are listed below or on the Public Appointments website.
The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.
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DH boards and committees vacancies
Chair – Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC)
The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint a Chair to the Devices Expert Advisory Committee.
DEAC was formed following the independent review led by Professor Terence Stephenson on MHRA access to clinical advice and engagement with the clinical community in relation to medical devices.
DEAC has replaced the Committee on Safety of Devices and will be responsible for providing independent, expert input and advice on a wide range of aspects relating to medical devices to help ensure their safe use and management.
As chair, you will be a clinician with previous or current experience of high-level committee membership nationally or internationally. You will have a sound judgment to reach solutions, and be able to demonstrate leadership and motivation skills, and the ability to think strategically.
You will also be able to assimilate complex scientific information at short notice, and provide formal and informal advice to the MHRA between meetings when required.
The chair will receive a fee of £500 per day. There will be approximately 3 meetings per year plus ad hoc meetings of the committee with agency staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
Travel and expenses will be paid in line with the MHRA Travel and Subsistence policy. The Secretary of State for Health determines the length of appointment, which can be up to a maximum of 3 years.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Kuldeep Kanda on 0113 254 6769 quoting the reference EC17-88.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on 12 January 2018.
Chairs – Clinical Priorities Advisory, Rare Diseases Advisory and the Patient and Public Voice Assurance Groups
The Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG), Rare Diseases Advisory Group (RDAG) and Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group (PPVAG) are looking to appoint chairs.
As chair of CPAG, RDAG or PPVAG, you will have experience in chairing high-profile, complex meetings, requiring the ability to understand complex data to reach informed judgements, and proven leadership skills.
A combined information pack for all of these positions is available below.
Chair – Clinical Priorities Advisory Group
CPAG makes recommendations to NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group (SCOG) on the commissioning of services, treatments and technologies.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and commitment. You will be required to provide strong leadership for CPAG and work alongside its members, holding responsibility for developing recommendations on national clinical priorities. You will also provide independent judgement and help CPAG form recommendations in respect of complex clinical priorities, ensuring the group successfully delivers its objectives.
Candidates will be a member of the public or patient constituency of NHS England, and able to demonstrate independence and objectivity. You will be responsible for providing leadership to the group and ensuring its effectiveness.
Remuneration for CPAG chair will be £268 per day for a minimum of 2 days per month.
Chair – Rare Diseases Advisory Group
RDAG makes recommendations to NHS England and the devolved administration of NHS Scotland, NHS Wales and NHS Northern Ireland on developing and implementing the strategy for rare diseases and highly specialised services.
The group forms part of an infrastructure that advises CPAG on which services or technologies should be prioritised for investment. As chair you will provide leadership and work alongside other members of RDAG, holding responsibility for developing recommendations on national clinical priorities.
You will be part of the patient or carer constituency of NHS England and able to demonstrate independence and objectivity. You will also be responsible for facilitating effective contribution of lay members and patient and public representatives.
Remuneration for RDAG chair will be £268 per day for a minimum of 8 days annually.
Chair – Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group
Working within the legal and policy frameworks around community participation, PPVAG offers strategic assurance to NHS England that steps are in place to fully involve patients and the wider public in the development of the national specialised services portfolio.
The group delivers a strategic ‘critical friend’ function across specialised services governance, in respect of patient and public voice, contributing to the improvement of services and patient experience in respect of specialised services.
The chair will provide leadership to the group to help it fulfil its strategic purpose and to ensure effective relationships within the group and between its partners and stakeholders. You will be responsible for providing support and guidance to members of the group, addressing issues and concerns as they arise.
Candidates will be a member of the public or patient constituency of NHS England, and able to demonstrate independence and objectivity.
Remuneration for PPVAG Chair will be £268 per day for a minimum 2 days per month.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Daniel Clemence on 0113 254 5335.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on 15 January 2018.
Member – Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: Service User and Carer Group
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act is seeking mental health service users and carers to join its Service User and Carer Group.
The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. The Service User and Carer Group will discuss issues of concern about the act and offer recommendations for solutions. The group will also advise the review team on how best to engage with service users and carers and will be involved in contributing to and considering the final recommendations of the review in 2018.
The group will reflect a range of backgrounds and experiences and applications are sought in particular from people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act or who have cared for someone who has been detained.
Members will be expected to join an introductory phone call and attend a meeting of up to 2 hours in London in both January and February 2018. The group will also meet in the review’s second phase after March 2018, and members will be expected to commit to at least 2 further meetings in London. There may also be opportunities for members to attend events across the country during the review.
Members will be reimbursed for their time and expenses.
To apply, please complete the application form.
The closing date for applications is midday, 8 January 2018.
Lay and specialist members – Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)
Public Health England is looking to appoint a lay member and 5 specialist members to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). SACN is a UK-wide advisory committee set up to provide advice to Public Health England as well as other government agencies and departments. Its remit includes matters concerning nutrient content of individual foods, advice on diet and the nutritional status of people.
The committee meets 3 times a year and is made up of specialists from relevant disciplines.
Applicants interested in the lay member post will be expected to contribute views representing the interests of the wider public. They should be able to demonstrate an ability to work on committees and ideally have some experience of consumer-related work. They should be able to comment on technical material.
Specialist members are sought in particular from nutritionists, clinicians and researchers with specialist knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
- public health nutrition or policy
- dietary assessment biomarkers or macronutrient nutrition
- bio-statistician with understanding or experience of application to nutrition and social sciences
- nutrition in older age
Candidates should have a good understanding of the public health nutrition aspects of the area of expertise from the list above. They will have a track record of significant achievement, personal effectiveness and the ability to contribute robust technical views. SACN welcomes applications from within and outside the UK.
Read more about SACN.
Remuneration will be £160 per meeting for a time commitment of up to 10 days per year. Public Health England’s senior responsible officer determines the length of appointment, which may be for up to a maximum of 3 years.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Kuldeep Kanda on 0113 254 6769 quoting the reference EC17-57.
Public Health England values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.
The closing date for applications is midday, 15 December 2017.
These forms apply to all boards and committees vacancies.