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 our boards and committees are listed below or 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.


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


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.

DHSC boards and committees vacancies

Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI) – chair and 5 members

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint a chair and 5 members (including a lay member) to the APRHAI.

APRHAI is a departmental expert committee that helps guide government priorities and provides practical and scientific advice on antimicrobial prescribing, resistance and healthcare-associated infections to UK health departments.

As the chair of APRHAI, you will lead and co-ordinate the committee’s work to advise government on a range of issues including:

  • current and emerging problems and trends in healthcare-associated infection, antimicrobial resistance and prescribing
  • the surveillance needs and priorities in key areas of healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance and prescribing in the UK and as part of wider international networks

As a scientific member of APRHAI you will have up-to-date experience at a senior level with a record of achievement at national and/or international level.

As a lay member, you should not have a health professional background but the ability to work with a wide range of other health professionals on the committee. Lay members should adhere to the APRHAI code of practice.

There is no remuneration for these posts. However, expenses may be paid in line with APRHAI policy. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care determines the length of appointment, which may be for a maximum of 3 years.

If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Daniel Clemence on 0113 254 5335 quoting the reference VAC-1621 (chair) or VAC-1629 (member).

Closing dates

Chair applications: midday on 10 January 2019

Member applications: midday on 18 February 2019

Information pack: APRHAI chair

Information pack: APRHAI members

UK Nutrition and Health Claims Committee (UKNHCC) – members

While the government anticipates a negotiated exit from the European Union (EU), as a contingency for a no-deal exit, Public Health England (PHE) is looking to appoint up to 8 specialist members to a UK Nutrition and Health Claims Committee (UKNHCC).

The UKNHCC will be a UK-wide committee set up in the event that the UK can no longer access advice from the European Food Safety Authority. It will be responsible for the scientific substantiation and providing advice to the 4 UK administrations on any new nutrition and health claims made within the UK post exit.

In order to have a functional committee in place should the contingency need to be enacted, it is necessary to commence application processes in advance of exit negotiations being completed. Applicants should be aware that if it becomes clear during negotiations that a new committee is no longer required the recruitment process will cease.

The committee will meet 6 times per year. The specialist members will be expected to assess the validity of scientific evidence underpinning applications for nutrition and health claims made to/in the UK after exit.

Applications are sought from nutritionists, clinicians and researchers with expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • nutrition
  • nutritional epidemiology
  • human medicine
  • infant nutrition
  • paediatrics
  • dietary exposure assessment

Candidates should have a good understanding of the public health nutrition aspects of their area of expertise. They should have a track record of achievement and personal effectiveness, and the ability to contribute robust technical views.

Applicants directly employed by Industry are not eligible to apply. PHE welcomes applications from within and outside the UK.

Pay for members will be £500 per day (up to 24 days including 6 meetings a year).

Pay for the chair will be £500 per day (up to 18 days reading/preparation per year) and £550 a day for chairing meetings (up to 6 days per year).

PHE’s senior responsible officer determines the length of appointments, which will be for up to 3 years. PHE values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

The closing date for applications is midday on 19 December 2018.

Information pack: UKNHCC members

Monitoring forms

These forms apply to all boards and committees vacancies.

Guaranteed interview scheme form

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Monitoring form