Deputy Director Roles

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) is a ministerial department which sponsors and works with 15 Arm’s Length Bodies to deliver the Secretary of State’s duty to promote a comprehensive health service “designed to secure improvement in the physical and mental health of the people of England and in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental illness”.


Job description

In support of the Secretary of State’s overarching duty, the Department of Health & Social Care sets the direction and coordinates action across the health and care system. We are committed to providing for patients, service users and the public the highest quality and most compassionate health and care system in the world.

The Department of Health & Social Care leads, shapes and funds health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, delivered with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

The Department of Health and Social Care acts as the steward for the wider health and care system to ensure that it operates effectively as a whole to meet the needs of people and communities.

This involves:

• setting national priorities that reflect what patients, service users and the public value;
• securing and allocating resources to meet priorities and deliver services;
• sponsoring our national bodies by supporting them and holding them to account for the delivery of their role and functions (the department sponsors and works with 15 Arm’s Length Bodies);
• fostering relationships, collaborating with partner organisations, and ensuring that the system works well together;
• creating and updating the policy and legislative frameworks within which the health and social care system operates and
• accounting to Parliament and the public for the effectiveness of the system.

The Department of Health and Social Care supports the health and social care system to develop local capability and capacity so that it can advance the quality of care for service users and improve outcomes. We support the Secretary of State, as the person ultimately accountable for the system. We support innovative and flexible working. The department is underpinned by our shared values of working together to be stronger and more supportive.

The Secretary of State’s Priorities for the health and social care system – including those of the Arm’s Length Bodies - are set out in the department’s Shared Delivery Plan:

• improving out-of-hospital care;
• creating the safest, highest quality care services;
• maintaining and improving performance against core standards while achieving financial balance;
• improving the efficiency and productivity of the health and care system;
• preventing ill health and supporting people to live healthier lives;
• supporting research, innovation and growth;
• enabling people and communities to make decisions about their own health and care
• building and developing the workforce; and
• improving services through the use of digital technology, information and transparency.

More details about the department and its Arm's Length Bodies can be obtained on the department's website: here

Introduction to Social Care Group

"The adult social care sector looks after some of the most vulnerable people in society – the elderly and adults with learning or physical disabilities. The global pandemic has made 2020 a uniquely challenging year and the Department has been leading work to ensure our health and social care systems continue to operate, whilst adapting to radical changes to our ways of working. The Adult Social Care team within the Department has seen a significant shift as a result of the response to Covid-19 and the impact this has had in the sector, expanding from a Directorate of c70 to a Director General led Group of c300. As a new DG group, we are looking to recruit individuals with significant leadership and stakeholder management skills to further develop our senior leadership team."

Michelle Dyson, Director General, Adult Social Care


Person Specification

In order to be successful you must demonstrate the following -

• Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to articulate an inspiring vision, and engage and motivate people to deliver in line with business objectives.
• Inclusive leader who has proven ability to lead, manage and organise teams and pressures in a complex and fast paced environment across multiple locations
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, allied to sound political judgment.
• Experience of advising senior leaders or ministers on highly complex policy and delivery issues.
• Experience of Parliamentary business and process, for example legislation, PQs, briefing for debates etc.
• Being comfortable and flexible in working with a significant level of ambiguity, resilient under pressure and can work effectively in a complex and high-pressure change environment.
• Proven ability to build and deliver through highly effective relationships across Government and with stakeholders.
• Proven ability to deliver government policy in a highly complex landscape, drawing on the expertise of local partners and the frontline.

Desirable Criteria 

• Experience of working with local Government in the context of Parliamentary business, briefing and programme management.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • We will be assessing technical skills at interview stage, more information regarding this will be released should you pass the sift stage


Whatever your role, we take your career and  development seriously, and want to enable you  to build a really successful career with the  department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial  that our employees have the right skills to  develop their careers and meet the challenges  ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular  performance and development reviews to  ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil  Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large  range of benefits. This includes:

• 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays;
• one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;
• a competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;
• flexible working patterns including part- time or time-term working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours;
• generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;
• interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;
• the opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable);
• occupational sick pay.

Apply now!