The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, is supported by 4 health ministers and is Chair of the Departmental Board.

Jeremy Hunt with elderly patient

Una O’Brien CB is Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health.

Sir David Nicholson KCB, CBE, is Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England.

They are supported by the Department’s senior team.

The Department currently has 6 chief professional officers, who are leaders in their professions and provide the Department with expert knowledge about health and social care disciplines. They are headed up by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies.

The National Clinical Directors – the health Tsars – represent the NHS in the Department of Health.

You can see the Department’s organogram on This reflects all posts and senior salaries paid as at 31 March 2011. Or you can view the supporting information which is available here.

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