Health Policy Fast Track Scheme 2021

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Location: Leeds, London

A fully financially-supported study package, including a postgraduate qualification in Health Policy delivered by Imperial College London


About the Health Policy Fast Track Scheme

When you join the Health Policy Fast Track Scheme, you are joining the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which plays a vital role in leading the nation’s health and social care to help people live more independent and healthier lives for longer. The Health Policy Fast Track Scheme provides an exciting opportunity to develop an understanding of the political environment and gain hands-on experience of how health and social care policy is developed and delivered by Government, in an unprecedented time. Working with front-line services, think tanks, academia and stakeholder organisations, you’ll build the skills needed to become a top-class policy professional and health care leader, developing and delivering high quality, evidence-based policies. You’ll develop a rewarding career that makes a real impact on people’s lives.

Diversity and Inclusion is one of the DHSC’s biggest priorities and we recognise it’s a work in progress. One of our goals is to establish a workforce which reflects the society we serve, and DHSC welcomes applications from all. We are especially interested to hear from gender diverse, BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidates who are currently under-represented. People with a range of experiences and backgrounds are needed to help us improve outcomes and reduce inequalities across health and social care, and to become a more inclusive place to work. We view flexible working as essential for all our employees, and it enables us to recruit and retain talented people.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


Job description

You will be based at our headquarters in either Leeds or London, and will undertake several work placements over three years in your preferred location. The Scheme includes placements in core policy roles, our Arm’s Length Bodies/NHS and Private Office, or a similar type role, to give first-hand experience of working intensively with Ministers.

Scheme participants receive a comprehensive development and support package including; a senior leader as a mentor and a fully financially supported MSc in Health Policy (delivered by the Imperial College). By the end of the Scheme, we expect participants to compete for leadership roles within the £49,529 to £53,355 bracket.


What we are looking for

We believe the best policy professionals come from all walks of life. We want people who have a real passion for making improvements across the health and social care area.

You will need to be:

• A good communicator and be comfortable in dealing with ambiguity and shifting priorities.

• An innovative leader and somebody who looks for opportunities to do things differently, while anticipating economic, social and technological opportunities and risks.

• Someone who enjoys working with others, has good influencing skills, and is able to build collaborative relationships that balance challenge with support, developing trust and mutual respect across the wider health care system.

• Able to use sound judgment and evidence to make effective decisions.

• Able to manage and thrive in an environment which requires the ability to think and absorb information quickly.

• Someone with at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree, in any subject. Current Civil Servants, who have served their probation period can apply without a degree.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate Pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.


External candidates must have a minimum qualification of an undergraduate degree at 2:1, for those currently working towards and expecting to achieve this by September 2021 please select yes to this question.

All OGD's, who have served their probation period please select yes to this question to prevent your application being rejected on eligibility.

We accept applications from candidates with overseas degrees, provided that they can supply evidence that their degree is at a comparable level to that required . The onus (including any costs) of providing appropriate documentation is on the candidate. The National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC)) provides information about the comparability of different international qualifications. We would not normally ask for such evidence until you had been declared successful: it would then be required for our pre-appointment checks.


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

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others


A fully financially-supported study package, including a postgraduate qualification in Health Policy delivered by Imperial College London.
• Support from a cohort lead, who is invested in your individual development
• Mentoring, and sponsorship from senior leaders in the department
• Coaching
• A cohort of peers, providing community and support


Apply today!