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About DHSC

DHSC is a ministerial department, supported by a number of agencies and partner organisations. As of 31 December 2020, the department employs 3,030 full-time equivalent employees, who work in locations across the country.

We are responsible for:

  • supporting and advising our ministers: we help them shape and deliver policy that delivers the government’s objectives
  • setting direction: we anticipate the future and lead debate ensuring we protect and improve global and domestic health
  • accountability: we make sure the department and our arm’s length bodies deliver on our agreed plans and commitments
  • acting as guardians of the health and care framework: we make sure the legislative, financial, administrative and policy frameworks are fit for purpose and work together
  • troubleshooting: in the last resort, the public and Parliament expect us to take the action needed to resolve crucial and complex issues

From 2021 to 2022 we will:

  • protect the public’s health through the health and social care system’s response to COVID-19
  • improve healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality and sustainable care at the right time in the right place and by improving infrastructure and transforming technology
  • improve healthcare outcomes through a well-supported workforce
  • improve, protect and level up the nation’s health, including through reducing health disparities
  • improve social care outcomes through an affordable, high quality and sustainable adult social care system

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