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Working for the
Department of Health and Social Care

Good health matters and people feel passionately about the NHS. We lead the health and social care system to help people live more independent, healthier lives for longer.

Your chance to make a difference

Whatever role you might do for our department, you’ll be helping deal with some of the big issues of the day. So many of the challenges our country faces are health-related, from dementia and childhood obesity to funding in-hospital and out-of-hospital care. Our work really does affect people in their daily lives.

Two Team Members at the Department for Health and Social Care reading a document together

Many of our staff are in policy roles and work on finding ways to tackle these challenges. Lots more staff provide vital support for this work, from people working in finance and human resources to those communicating the department’s work to the media and general public.

A group of colleagues in a Video Conference

Every role is important because each person in the department contributes to our overall aim of helping people live more independent, healthier lives for longer.

We support health and social care provision, including the NHS. To search and apply for jobs in the Department for Health and Social Care, including Public Health England and some other executive agencies, visit the Civil Service Jobs website. To search and apply for clinical and non-clinical jobs in the NHS, including NHS England, NHS Digital, and NHS Improvement, visit the NHS Jobs website.

Our benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits and learning and development opportunities.

These include:

  • Civil Service learning options and opportunities exclusive to the department.
  • apprenticeships: offered to new and existing staff across 11 professional areas
  • accelerated talent and development schemes
  • getting first-hand experience of the health and social care system through our ‘connecting’ programme
  • maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay for eligible employees.

“Working on social care policy gives me the chance to make a difference. It’s rewarding to know that what I do helps people to stay independent and lead the lives they want to lead.”

Anne Hackett

Policy Manager, Adult Social Care Performance and Insight Team

Anne Hackett Department For Health And Social Care
Photo of Jackson Sin. He has dark hair and is wearing a blue shirt.

“It’s been rewarding to get out of the office and into clinics, care centres and hospitals. I’ve gained an in-depth understanding of how health and social care services work together in practice.”

Jackson Sin

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