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What we do

The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

DH is a ministerial department, supported by 24 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Public health

    Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. The government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness. Read more

  2. National Health Service

    The government wants the NHS to deliver better results, giving patients more choice and doctors and nurses more freedom to shape services that meet patients' needs. Read more

  3. Social care

    Some people need extra care or support - practical or emotional - to lead an active life and do the everyday things that many of us take for granted. The government is working to provide a social care system that provides care for those who need it, and which enables people to retain their independence and dignity. Read more

Our policies

  1. Reducing drugs misuse and dependence

    The government is helping people make a full recovery from drug addiction and is discouraging people from misusing illegal drugs in the first place.

  2. Protecting patients from avoidable harm

    The government wants to make sure that health and social care services are safe for patients and adults in vulnerable situations.

  3. Improving care for people at the end of their life

    The government wants people approaching the end of their life to be treated with dignity and to be able to die in a place of their choice.

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Our ministers

Our management

Contact DH

General enquiries and freedom of information requests

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall


Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm

Media enquiries

High profile groups within DH

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.