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.

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.

DHSC boards and committees vacancies

New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) – member

DHSC is looking to appoint a member who is a specialist in virology to NERVTAG.

NERVTAG acts as an advisory group to the Chief Medical Officer, ministers, DHSC and other government departments. It gives scientific risk assessments and mitigation advice on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses, and options for responding.

You must be a recognised expert with a track record of national achievement as a virologist. You will also have experience at a senior level and strong skills in absorbing and analysing complex information, including scientific and medical data.

In order to retain the scientific independence of NERVTAG, this criterion must be met by someone who is not employed or representing the interests of the following organisations:

  • Public Health England
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • Public Health Wales
  • Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland

The anticipated commitment is 1 to 2 meetings per year, in order to maintain continuity of the group and ensure that supporting activities are implemented and maintained. However, the frequency of meeting would increase if the alert level for a new respiratory virus threat increased.

There is no remuneration for this post and expenses will be paid in line with Public Health England policy. The senior responsible officer, currently the Chief Medical Officer, determines the length of appointments, which may be up to 3 years and has the potential to be renewed.

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

If you need an alternative format, please call Julia Peters on 0113 254 5350 quoting the reference VAC-1652.

The closing date for applications is midday on 5 February 2019.

Information pack: NERVTAG member

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Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) – 3 members

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking to appoint 3 SaBTO members:

  • 2 patient representative lay members:
    • one blood transfusion recipient patient
    • one organ recipient patient
  • a prion disease specialist

SaBTO advises UK health departments and ministers on the safety of blood for transfusion and organs, cells and tissues for transplantation, and on risk management options.

As a member you will attend SaBTO meetings and sit on sub-committees and working groups. You will also make SaBTO aware of emerging issues in your field of expertise while engaging fully in collective consideration of the issues and taking account of the full range of relevant factors.

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. You will have received an organ donation or blood transfusion and have an interest in the safety of blood, tissues and/or organs. You must be able to demonstrate experience of understanding and articulating patient, carer or public experiences and perspectives. You will also have experience of getting to grips with technically demanding subject areas.

SaBTO is also looking for a high calibre prion disease specialist with experience at a senior level and a record of achievement at national and/or international level. You will have an ability to quickly assimilate information about new and emerging infectious diseases. You must have the ability to understand biological, technological, epidemiological and clinical aspects of prion diseases and an awareness of the clinical and ethical issues.

The time commitment is 3 days a year. The Department of Health and Social Care’s Senior Responsible Officer determines the length of appointment, which may be up to a maximum of 3 years.

If you require an alternative format please call Julia Peters on 0113 254 5350 quoting the reference VAC-1297.

The closing date for applications is midday on 28 January 2019.

Information pack: SaBTO members

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

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint 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 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.

In order to retain the scientific independence of APRHAI, this criterion must be met by someone who is not employed by or representing the interests of the following organisations:

  • Public Health England
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • Public Health Wales
  • Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland

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-1629.

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 February 2019

Information pack: APRHAI members

Monitoring forms

These forms apply to all boards and committees vacancies.

Guaranteed interview scheme form

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Monitoring form