Chief Medical Officer

30 Nov 2010
17 Dec 2010
Job Type

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint a Chief Medical Officer for England. He/she will be the Government's most senior medical adviser, responsible for providing expert advice on a wide range of issues relating to the health of the public, including the handling of health-related emergencies. In its July White Paper, “Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS”, the Government set out its new vision for the health and care system.

This new vision will put ownership and decision making firmly in the hands of professionals and patients, creating a more autonomous and accountable health system with the patient at its heart, a new public health service – Public Health England – and outcomes amongst the best in the world.

The Chief Medical Officer will play a crucial role in supporting the Secretary of State and his ministerial team in delivering this new agenda and in helping to shape Public Health England.

As the ‘nation's doctor’, the new Chief Medical Officer will be an outstanding clinical leader, able to command the confidence of ministers, the public and the medical profession at a time of dynamic and exciting changes to the health and care system. The Chief Medical Officer will need to build on collaborative relationships with colleagues in the devolved administrations, and represent the UK internationally on public health issues.

The Role:

-Act as the senior professional adviser across government on all medical and public health issues.

-Provide expert advice and support to the Secretary of State for Health on a wide range of health-related policy issues.

-In collaboration with key partners, work through influence to shape a first-class public health delivery system.

The Candidate:

-An outstanding, medically qualified leader with wide professional experience and credibility with those working at the front line of medicine.

-Demonstrable stature commensurate with the demands of the post, able to exercise influence at the most senior levels across Government.

-Highly developed communication skills, able to form and deploy networks and work with the media.

The Department of Health aims to be a modern and equitable employer. We recognise and encourage the potential of a diverse workforce, positively welcome all applications, and appoint on merit.

For further details and an application pack, please click on the ‘Apply’ button or contact us quoting reference.

The closing date for applications is 17 December 2010.

Odgers Berndtson, 11 Hanover Square, London W1S 1JJ

0845 1309005