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Job Summary

In DHSC, we are proud of our purpose – to enable everyone to live more independent, healthier lives for longer. To achieve this, and create a great place to work, we have four values: we are inclusive, we constantly improve, we challenge, and we are agile. If this sounds like an environment you’d like to work in, we’d love to hear from you.

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking to recruit a Grade 7 Data Scientist with strong proven skills in quantitative analysis; and who excels working on high priority areas to directly support the Ministers decisions and improve health and social care outcomes for everyone.

There has never been a more crucial time for trusted, high quality analysis to support decision making in the health and social care sector; whether it is recovering from the COVID pandemic, building on our long term plan for health and social care or providing the right evidence to inform decisions in a heavily data driven sector of Government.

Our data scientists play a vital role in ensuring that we use data and evidence to inform decision making and policy making. Our Department is expanding our analytical resource in key areas to support the Secretary of States priorities. You will support a Ministerial team hungry for the best available evidence and analysis to underpin their decisions, and join an analytical community that is empowered by the Secretary of State to do more analysis to develop robust insights into health and social care policy.

Job Description

You will apply your professional skills to help address real issues in the health and social care sector; working with non-analyst colleagues and influencing others to help develop answers to some of the most pressing questions.

You will have the opportunity to own, engage and lead diverse workstreams, and you may also be leading a team. You will be working alongside other analysts from a range of professions, working closely with policy makers, ensuring that your analysis addresses real needs and answers real questions.

For those already in government, the role is available on promotion. However, the role is also open to experienced senior data scientists from other backgrounds outside of government.

You will be working as a professional data scientist; using your highly numerate degree level skills and assess evidence, analyse and interpret data, model policy changes, and explain the results to senior leaders to support evidence based decision making.

DHSC analysts play a key part in making a real difference to the lives of over 55 million people. The health and social care agenda is frequently in the spotlight and requires high quality analysis to inform debate. The analytical community is focused on making the best use of evidence and data to generate insights and inform key decisions.

About Data Science

This is an exciting opportunity for data scientists to work closely with policy, and the Ministerial teams. The UK healthcare system holds some of the largest and richest healthcare data in the world, and we want you to capitalise on the opportunities for modern analytical techniques to drive better decisions and policy making for better health outcomes.

We are looking for data scientists with extensive experience in scoping, designing and delivering data science outputs and products.

Data scientists at DHSC support this ambition using their technical skills and experience to deliver valuable analytical products including dashboards (e.g. dash, RShiny etc), natural language processing, web scraping, geospatial analysis, modelling, reproducible analytical pipelines and data engineering. We primarily work in Python and plotly/dash, and work in a mixture of local and cloud-based environments (AWS and Azure). You can explore some of our work on our public facing code repository (

Person specification

We are looking for leaders in the data science space, the ability to understand and navigate the Health and Social Care policy environment, identify opportunities to develop data science products to support organisational objectives in a policy-driven Department. Further, we are looking for data scientists who can demonstrate an ability to address the needs of users: developing cutting edge and exciting ways to present analysis, but also working collaboratively with users and our partner organisations to deliver a compelling offer that works for everyone.

You must either be a badged member of either the GES, GORS, GSS (including data scientists) or GSR, or have the necessary qualifications and experience as a data scientist. You should be prepared to go through a badging process as part of this recruitment. Please clearly state in your application your analytical profession (statistician, data scientist, economist, social researcher, operational researcher), and whether or not you are a badged member of GES, GORS, GSS, or GSR.

The Successful Candidate Will

Key skills and experience required for the role

  • Work in collaboration to bring the best out of their colleagues.
  • Be a confident and authoritative spokesperson in providing their advice while also fostering constructive relationships.
  • Be an experienced coder in python and can scope, design and deliver data science outputs and products.
  • Lead analytical work plans and deliver through others.
  • Be someone who is proactive, highly motivated and results driven.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills, being able to communicate complex issues simply and in a way that is tailored for different audiences.
  • Have strategic acumen, being able to drive bigger picture objectives by drawing together detailed knowledge.
  • Be effective in managing their time and delivering excellent outputs.
  • Have a solid foundation in value for money principles.


2:1 in an analytical degree or demonstrate relevant experience in your career as a professional data scientist


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Use and application of professional analytical and data skills to real issues and good experience of programming best practices, writing maintainable code, using version control and producing quality documentation.
  • Communicating analysis with impact.


Alongside your salary of £53,116, Department of Health and Social Care contributes £14,354 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Sift date: expected W/C 27/11/2023

Interview date: expected W/C 04/12/2023

Interview location: The interview will take place at 39 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 0EU. Further details will be released to candidates who are successful at sift.

The available interview slots will be released with the sift scores.

Applications will be sifted on CV and Statement of Suitability.

Please use your CV to set out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role. These can be found in the ‘key skills and experience required for the role’ section of the advert. Please also include a list of your relevant qualifications.

Please use your Statement of Suitability to (in no more than 750 words) outline how you meet the key skills and experience required for the role as set out in the job advert.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

At interview candidates will be assessed on Behaviours, Presentation and Technical Skill.

Candidates will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation which will assess a Technical Skill:

  • Use and application of professional analytical and data skills to real issues.
  • Communicating analysis with impact.

Candidates Will Be Asked To Complete a Coding Test. This Will Be Sent To You To Complete Within a Timescale If You Are Successful To Interview And Will Assess a Technical Skill

  • Use and application of professional analytical and data skills to real issues or problems and good experience of programming best practices, writing maintainable code, using version control and producing quality documentation.

Details of the presentation question, and coding test will be issued to candidates with the release of the sift scores.

To find out more about working in the department please visit our page on the Civil Service Careers Website > and to find out more information on how to apply visit the Civil Service Careers Website here

Further Information

Applicants who are appointable but were not successful in appointment to this vacancy, may be held on a reserve list for up to 12 months, and contacted if similar vacancies become available.

Please be aware that some travel may be required across the DHSC estate.

Please note that applicants will require BPSS clearance.

Qualifications required for the role will be checked and verified by the vacancy holder as part of the onboarding process. You may also be asked to provide evidence that any qualifications obtained overseas are equivalent to those advertised.

Any move to DHSC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section in the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

Terms and Conditions

Candidates should note that DHSC’s Terms and Conditions of employment changed from 1 October 2013. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful.

New Entrants to the Civil Service

New entrants appointed in grades AA to G6 will receive DHSC’s modernised terms and conditions:

  • Annual Leave: 25 days on entry rising by one day for each completed year of service to a maximum of 30 days and pro-rata for part-time staff
  • Privilege Leave: 1 day - for the King’s birthday
  • Hours of Work: 37 hours (net) per week for full time staff in all geographical locations, including London and pro rata for part-time staff
  • Occupational Sick Pay (OSP): one month full pay/one month half pay on entry, rising by one month for each completed year of service to a maximum of five months’ full pay and five months’ half pay
  • Mobility: Mobility clause in contracts allow staff to be mobile across the Civil Service
  • Probation: 6 month probation period

Existing Civil Service staff transferring from another Government department, on either level transfer or promotion

All staff moving to DHSC will transfer onto DHSC’s modernised terms and conditions (as outlined above).

Existing DHSC staff, appointed on either level transfer or promotion

If DHSC’s modernised terms and conditions are already held, the employee will retain those terms and conditions. If DHSC’s pre-modernised terms and conditions are held, the employee will transfer onto DHSC’s modernised terms and conditions (as outlined above).

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This Job Is Broadly Open To The Following Groups

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).

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Contact point for applicants

Job Contact

  • Name : Jo Lee
  • Email :

Recruitment team

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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact the DHSC Central Recruitment Team at

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

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