Foreword from Una O’Brien

One of the many good things about working at the Department of Health is the passion we feel for what we do. We care about people and their health. And we know that the work we do, supporting ministers, helping … Read more → – Foreword from Una O’Brien

Our values

Our priorities can only be achieved if we live by our corporate values. we value people – we care about people and put their health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do we value purpose – we focus our actions and decisions … Read more → – Our values

Our priorities

We have set out what we want to achieve against the following six priority areas. Through these, we will deliver the Secretary of State’s strategic objectives. Better Health – helping people live healthier lives by improving our public health system protecting … Read more → – Our priorities

Roadmap for the year ahead

All directorates in the Department have outlined their key priorities and milestones so we have a clear high-level roadmap for our normal work and for delivering change in the year ahead. Key Milestones Priorities across the Department functions Priorities for … Read more → – Roadmap for the year ahead

How we are organised

Click on the links below to see how we are organised to deliver our priorities: 2012-13 DH structure 2012-13 DH structure (NHS)


As part of its Spending Review settlement, the Department has a Total Delegated Expenditure Limit (TDEL) of £108.8bn for 2012-13, made up of separate limits of£104.3bn for revenue expenditure and £4.5bn for capital expenditure. The diagram below sets out how the Department … Read more → – Resources

What we’ve achieved in 2011/12

The passage through Parliament of the Health and Social Care Act was probably the most dominant event over the last year from the perspective of the media, yet the reality in terms of the work led from within the Department was … Read more → – What we’ve achieved in 2011/12