Department of Health and Social Care
graduate scheme
Expires28 days

Health Policy Fast Track Scheme

Job description

The Health Policy Fast Track Scheme (HPFTS) is an exciting three-year health and social care policy leadership development scheme in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Applications for September 2020 are open now so if you think you have the skills and passion to become a leading health and social care policy professional then please apply. The HPFTS provides a unique 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.

What will HPFTS participants experience on the Scheme?
You will be based at DHSC headquarters in either Leeds or London. The Scheme includes placements in core policy roles and our Arm’s Length Bodies or the NHS, to give you cross health and social care experience. You will also gain direct experience of working with Ministers and senior officials through working in Private Office or in a similar role.

Scheme participants will benefit from a comprehensive development and support package including:

  • a senior leader as your mentor;
  • policy and leadership training;
  • a fully supported MSc in Health Policy delivered by Imperial College, London; and
  • a supportive cohort of peers.

DHSC offers a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday (increasing by one day a year to a max of 30) plus bank holidays, flexible working and a range of staff networks, discounts and other support and development opportunities.

As a future health and social care policy leader you will live up to DHSC values (fair and inclusive, respectful and confident, open and engaged) and become a high-calibre professional who will lead health and social care improvements for the benefit of people across the country, it is an opportunity t to make a real difference. The HPFTS is a challenging and fast paced Scheme that will support you with unique experiences, training, skills, knowledge and qualifications and by By the end of the Scheme, we expect you to compete for leadership roles in the £48,086 to £51,801 bracket.

With so many opportunities at DHSC, one of the biggest challenges can be finding the time to get involved in everything you are interested in. Volunteering to lead corporate projects, taking up learning and development offers and joining staff networks are a great way to meet new people and make an impact on the Department.

What we are looking for


Any degree accepted at 2:1 level.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Competitive salary

£28,122 (Leeds), £31,837 (London)

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 18 December 2019

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Closing date:  18 December 2019

Expires28 days

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