EU Transition Policy (Multiple Roles) - HEO/SEO


Burnley, Leeds, London, Reading, Runcorn



The Department of Health and Social Care 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:

• 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.

• 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 arms 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 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 in DHSC. 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 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


EU Transition is looking to fill a variety of HEO and SEO roles. There are 6 HEO roles and 29 SEO roles available.

Roles will be available in Burnley, London, Leeds, Runcorn and Reading. Remote working will be considered, with attendance at one of the offices as and when required.

Key duties will be determined based on the role appointed to, but will include some of the following:

• Being a member of a team of policy advisors and be an engaging, resilient and supportive within the team and directorate.
• Developing high quality advice to Ministers and senior officials, both in person and in writing, to ensure they understand the benefits, limitations and risks of policy proposals.
• Maintaining constructive relationships with partners and stakeholders within and beyond government.
• Leading work to develop options for policy development.
• Tackling policy problems constructively, taking account of trade-offs and risks to develop effective solutions.
• Planning ahead and identifying risks to effectively manage your own work and that of colleagues and other team members.
• To work flexibly across the ministerial briefing, PMO and policy/strategy teams as required.
• To lead policy development for DHSC on recognition of healthcare professional qualifications in future relationship with EU and in other trade agreements.
• Ensure approach for healthcare professionals is consistent with broader Government policy on trade agreements.
• Work with UK healthcare regulators to implement a proportionate approach to recognition of EU qualifications.
• Lead Negotiations for future Reciprocal Healthcare Arrangements.
• Agree international healthcare arrangements after the end of the Transition Period. The scope of the work will be dependent on progress with the EU Future Relationship talks.
• Policy and legislation, future strategy, negotiations, operational delivery and case work.
• Develop and co-ordinate approach to communications about EU exit with the department, including latest developments and the implications of EU exit at the same time as a Covid 19 second wave.
• Identify, highlight and co-ordinate response to the main risks and opportunities relevant to EU exit on 31st Dec 2020
• Deliver EU Exit and supporting the development of policies and future trade deals
• Supporting the development of policy for future trade deals

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are committed to supporting team members in their personal development. We actively encourage applications from people who work part time or as part of job-sharing arrangements. Several of our senior management team work in this way, and we support all of our team to work in a way enables them to balance work and life outside of work.

Person Specification

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:

• Drive, determination and good planning skills which enable you to deliver at pace and to target;
• Build and maintain effective relationships;
• Ability to analyse and quickly get to grips with multiple policy areas;
• Good written and verbal communication skills, enabling you to collaborate effectively and engagingly with others;
• Initiative and decisiveness, supporting your ability to make effective decisions, while being open to challenge and involving others;
• Sound analytical skills with the ability to write/present effective technical information in a clear,concise and timely way;
• Communicate complex issues clearly and concisely to Ministers, stakeholders and the public;
• Ability to work flexibly and as part of a team.
• Ability to assimilate technical detail on goods regulations will be essential for some roles.

Desirable criteria for these roles

Trade experience is desirable but not essential.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Delivering at Pace

Apply today!