The role will most likely be dominated by the COVID-19 response but there will be an expectation to support DHSC in wider health improvement policy areas too.
Accountable directly to the CMO, the DCMO will work closely with DHSC Director-Generals and Directors inputting expert advice and, if appropriate, clinical advice into policy.
The DCMO will be expected to provide highly technical and detailed advice to the CMO and DHSC policy teams. The successful candidate will advise on the policy implications of research and emerging evidence relating to health improvement on both a proactive and reactive basis. Whilst advising officials on developing evidence informed policy, especially inequalities and the wider determinants of health.
The DCMO will deputise for the CMO as appropriate and work alongside the DCMO for Health Protection.
The successful candidate will be comfortable operating in a significant and challenging national role; inspire the respect of ministers and stakeholders at all levels; and capable of applying excellent strategic thinking skills across a broad and complex portfolio with an outstanding eye for detail.
• The role will most likely be dominated by the COVID-19 response but there will be an expectation to support DHSC in wider health improvement policy areas too;
• responding to large volumes of highly technical and detailed work from DHSC officials and across government under very tight deadlines;
• providing highly technical and detailed advice to CMO and DHSC policy teams, including review and clearance of submissions to Ministers;
• supporting the CMO in his role as head of the public health profession – working closely with Directors of Public Health, Regional Directors and the health improvement analytical function;
• advising on the policy implications of research and emerging evidence relating to health improvement on both a proactive and reactive basis;
• providing support to CMO in their role as Senior Responsible Officer across the civil service for revalidation;
• supporting DHSC public health training activities, acting as DHSC’s educational supervisor for public health registrars;
• providing advice and support in emergencies including deputising for the DCMO (Health Protection) and CMO as required;
• providing senior medical and public health representation on behalf of CMO, DHSC and the UK at an international level, including the WHO;
• possibly representing the CMO’s office in the media and deputising at meetings, conferences and media events;
• working with public health, clinical, scientific and professional bodies and stakeholders on health improvement;
• advising policy teams on developing evidence-informed policy, especially inequalities and the wider determinants of health;
• provide advice on the support and development of effective public health delivery and the systems and mechanisms required to ensure this;
• education supervision of public health registrars attached to DHSC.
To apply for this post please submit the following documents no later than on 23:55 on Sunday 18th April 2021.
1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.
This is a fixed term appointment to support with the next stage of COVID-19. The substantive DCMO – Health Improvement post will be advertised in due course.
Please read the candidate information pack for more detail on the experience and qualification requirements for this role.
Closing date: 23:55 on Sunday 18th April 2021
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.