Director, Digital Policy & Programmes and Deputy Head of Digital Policy Unit

Department of Health and Social Care

  • Location: London or Leeds. Regular travel to London and occasional travel between other DHSC locations nationally will be required.
  • Salary: Circa £97,000
  • Reference number: 332339
  • Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share
  • Contract type: Permanent


The Department of Health and Social Care helps people to live better for longer. The department leads, shapes and funds health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

The Digital Policy Unit is a joint unit between the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, working to drive forward digital and data transformation of health and social care for patients, staff and clinicians in the NHS. Who’s mission is to digitise, connect and transform the health and social care system. The Digital Policy Unit sits within both DHSC Finance & Group Operations and NHSE’s Transformation Directorate of NHS England. It brings together c220 staff from both DHSC and NHSE in order to deliver on the Government’s objectives, while crucially being embedded within the organisation responsible for delivering system change.

Digitally-enabled transformation is a key enabler for the future of health and social care, as set out in the recently published Digital Plan for Health and Social Care; and Data Saves Lives: reshaping health and social care with data. The engine for driving this agenda is the joint DHSC/NHS England (NHSE) Digital Policy Unit (DPU), housed in DHSC Finance & Group Operations and NHSE Transformation Directorate, bringing together powers, levers, tools and expertise on digital, data and technology across the health and care family.

As Director, Director, Digital Policy & Programmes and Deputy Head of Digital Policy Unit you will be an innovative senior civil servant with the ability to lead and support diverse teams, including digital experts, to work across organisational boundaries to help deliver improved services for patients and users. This role does not require specialist expertise in digital, data and technology (DDAT), although this would be desirable, as well as familiarity with DDAT strategy, policy and delivery.

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Closing date: 23:55 Monday 12 February 2024.


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