The Department of Health is looking to recruit experienced professional analysts to join us in a range of exciting posts, working on health issues that are never far from the public eye. The posts are at civil service Grade 7 (principal) level. This is a senior level commonly reached only after at least several years’ experience by people who can lead significant projects and areas of work, and have considerable expertise in their profession. The Department has a reputation for using analysis and evidence to influence decision making at the highest levels and we offer the opportunity to bring your professional analytical skills to bear on key policy issues affecting the way the NHS, public health and social care services operate.
The health and care agenda is often in the spotlight and requires high quality analysis to inform the debate and ensure that decisions are based on robust evidence. Analysts are a crucial part of the team and we are looking for individuals who can apply their professional and technical skills to help solve real policy problems; working with non-analyst colleagues and influencing others to help develop answers to some of the most pressing questions.
We are looking for experienced individuals in each of the four analyst professions: statistics, economics, operational research and social research. As part of the selection process we will test your professional skills in the relevant profession. Each profession also has qualifying entry criteria, as set out below.
DH analysts typically work in multi-disciplinary analytical teams, alongside policy colleagues. Teams include health care analysis, public health, social care, workforce, finance, medicines and pharmacy, and the office of the chief analyst.
We also work closely with partner organisations (including NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission and NICE), and with other government departments. Some posts involve work with international contacts, especially with OECD and the World Health Organisation.
At G7 level, you will be able to demonstrate your skills in leading and motivating teams, in communicating effectively with stakeholders at all levels and working at pace to deliver high quality analysis and insights.
A typical post might involve considering the strategic issues related to a subject area, discussing priorities with policy professionals, leading and delivering analytical work to deliver evidence based policy, using a range of techniques and approaches. You will typically work with a range of internal and external stakeholders, working closely with policy colleagues and ensuring that advice to Ministers is well-founded.
Examples of recent work include support on the childhood obesity plan; consideration of supply and demand issues for NHS doctors; developing new ways to help NHS Trusts learn from adverse events; modelling financial reimbursement processes for prescription drugs and influencing policy on ways to encourage people to stop smoking.
This recruitment exercise is designed to address our current and future analytical vacancies. Successful applicants will fill existing posts on a merit basis. Further successful candidates will also be added to a reserve list which will be used to fill future G7 posts in the Department of Health over the next 12 months. Allocation of those on the reserve list to G7 posts will be based on performance in this exercise and suitability of the individual to the post. There are opportunities in both London and Leeds.
To be successful in the recruitment process, you will need to demonstrate the entry criteria to one of the four analytical professions. The minimum criteria for eligibility are as follows:
Economist: A degree at 2.1 or a postgraduate degree in economics. At least 50% of the course modules must be in economics. You must have studied both macro and microeconomics to qualify. If you graduated more than 5 years ago, you must give examples in the competency section of the application form, of economic articles you have read in depth to demonstrate that you have maintained competency in economics.
Statistician: A 2:2 degree or higher or an MSc in a subject with substantial statistical content, or equivalent experience, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in your career as a professional statistician.
Operational Research: A 2.1 or an MSc in a highly numerate discipline, or equivalent experience, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in your career in the relevant profession.
Social Research: A 2:1 degree in a relevant social science subject with a substantial social research methods component or a 2.2 degree with a relevant postgraduate qualification in social research.
Relevant social science disciplines include:
Area and development studies
- Economic and social history
- Environmental planning
- Human geography
- Management and business studies
- Mathematical sciences
- Methods and computing
- Political science and international studies
- Science and technology studies
- Social anthropology
- Social policy
- Social work
- Socio-legal studies
- Sociology and statistics
Relevant social research methods component include:
- Qualitative data collection and research design, including: interviewing skills, conducting focus groups and ethnographic methods.
- Quantitative data collection and research design, including: questionnaire design, sampling and weighting.
- Hypothesis testing and evaluation.
- Undertaking systematic reviews.
- Data analysis, including data linkage, imputation and presentation of results.
- Application of ethics to research.
Closing date: 22 Jan 2018
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