Department of Health & Social Care


The Department of Health and Social Care is a ministerial department, supported by 29 agencies and public bodies.

They are responsible for:

  • supporting and advising ministers: to help them shape and deliver policy that delivers the government’s objectives
  • setting direction: anticipate the future and lead debate ensuring we protect and improve global and domestic health
  • accountability: to make sure the department and their arm’s length bodies deliver on our agreed plans and commitments
  • acting as guardians of the health and care framework: to 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

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