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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 our boards and committees are listed below or on the Public Appointments website.
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DHSC boards and committees vacancies
Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) – 6 members
SaBTO advises UK ministers and health departments on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion or transplantation.
Candidates will be at a senior level with a record of achievement at national and/or international level in one or more of the following specialisms:
- haematology (stem cell transplantation)
- health economics
- transplant physician
- microbiologist (x2)
- prion disease specialist
Applicants will have the ability to interpret the results of risk assessments, and see them in the context of risk management issues, and to weigh up evidence and argument to reach a balanced view.
You will have an awareness of the clinical and ethical issues surrounding the safety of blood for transfusion and tissues, cells and organs for transplantation in relation to the post you are applying for.
The panel will meet on up to 8 days per year. There is no remuneration for this role. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 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 Kully Kanda on 0113 254 6769 quoting the reference EC17-91.
The closing date for applications is midday on 6 June 2018.
Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC) – 5 members
ARSAC advises government on the certification of doctors and dentists who want to use radioactive medicinal products on people. The committee normally meets twice a year and provides guidance on good practice in nuclear medicine in the UK. See the ARSAC homepage for more information.
There are 4 vacancies for medical physicists and 1 vacancy for a nuclear medicine specialist (radiologist or physician). Members are not remunerated but they are entitled to allowances for travel and subsistence incurred on ARSAC business.
To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria plus any of the desirable criteria for appointment. See the application pack below for full details.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Daniel Clemence on 0113 254 5335 quoting the reference EC17-09.
The closing date for applications is midday on 4 May 2018.
Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE): 3 members (EC17-22)
COMARE advises government on the health effects of natural and man-made radiation, both ionising and non-ionising.
As a member of COMARE you will:
- assess detailed technical data
- help to draft advice appropriate for the general public
- participate in COMARE’s subcommittees or working groups as required
You must be a recognised expert with a track record of national or international achievement in nuclear physics, epidemiology or environmental geoscience. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to produce high-quality independent analyses of data and ideas and to articulate scientific issues and information clearly, comprehensively and concisely.
The time commitment will be around 4 days a year. Appointments will be for up to a maximum of 3 years.
See the information pack for further details.
For alternative formats please call Julia Peters on 0113 254 5350 quoting reference EC17-22.
The closing date for applications is midday on 4 April 2018
Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC) – 2 members (EC17-69)
The COC provides independent advice to government departments and agencies on the potential carcinogenicity of chemicals used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other products.
The committee also:
- advises on important general principles or new scientific discoveries in connection with carcinogenic risks
- works with other bodies on the assessment of carcinogenic risks and present recommendations for carcinogenicity testing
As a specialist in epidemiology or pathology you will:
- contribute to committee discussions and work alongside experts who assess other aspects of the detailed technical data on chemical carcinogens
- contribute to committee deliberations and conclusions on carcinogenesis
- contribute to other discussions (such as in COC working groups) as required
You will be required to attend 3 meetings a year. There is no remuneration for these posts but you may claim travel and subsistence expenses.
See the application pack below for further details on the roles and see the COC page for more information on the group.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Daniel Clemence on 0113 254 5335 quoting reference EC17-69.
The closing date for applications is midday on 14 May 2018.
Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) – chair (EC17-30) and GP committee member (EC17-58)
The ACBS advises the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the borderline substances (nutritional and dermatological products) that are safe and suitable for NHS prescription in the community. Committee members will have the opportunity to contribute towards decision making on these products and gain an insight into prescribing policy.
The role of chair requires a clinical professional with an outstanding record of achievement, personal credibility and senior-level experience in the specialty of dietetics. The role of GP committee member also requires these qualities but in the field of general practice.
Candidates for either role need to have a sound knowledge of nutritional and dermatological formulations. They should have knowledge about practical experience of using clinical research methodologies. The ability to assimilate information presented and interrogate and understand research is also required.
A time commitment of up to 9 days per year is required. There is no remuneration for these posts but expenses are paid.
If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio, please call Kully Kanda on 0113 254 6769.
The closing date for applications is midday on 27 April 2018.
These forms apply to all boards and committees vacancies.