Department of Health
The Department of Health is part of the UK government.
From the Department of Health website:
- We have responsibility for standards of health care in the country, including the NHS. We set the strategic framework for adult social care and influence local authority spend on social care. We also set the direction on promoting and protecting the public's health, taking the lead on issues like environmental hazards to health, infectious diseases, health promotion and education, the safety of medicines, and ethical issues.
Work with other organisations
The DH works with and sponsors arm's length bodies (ALBs), which are impartial national organisations working directly with the local NHS, social care services, and other ALBs to regulate the system, improve standards, protect public welfare and support local services.
Regulatory ALBs that often have their own primary powers and on the whole are independent include:
- Care Quality Commission
- Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
- Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
- Human Tissue Authority
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board
ALBs that focus primarily on establishing national standards and best practice include:
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- National Biological Standards Board
- National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
ALBs that focus on safety and the protection of public and patients include:
- Health Potection Agency
- General Social Care Council
- National Patient Safety Agency
- National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
- National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
- Jeremy Hunt - appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012.
- Philip Dunne - minister for health
- Lord James O'Shaughnessy - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords)
- Steve Brine - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health
- Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health
- Lord Prior of Brampton - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
- Alistair Burt - Minister of State for Community and Social Care
- Jane Ellison - has been Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health in October 2013.
- George Freeman - is a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
- Alistair Burt - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
- Ben Gummer - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
- Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP Secretary of State for Health
- Ben Bradshaw MP Minister of State for Health Services
- Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP Minister of State for Public Health
- Phil Hope MP Minister of State for Care Services
- Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
- Ann Keen MP Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health Services
- Norman Lamb - Minister of State at the Department of Health from September 2012 - May 2015
- Daniel Poulter - was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health from September 2012 - May 2015
- Frederick Curzon - was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality from May 2010 - May 2015
Special Advisers Christina Robinson
- Ed Jones - Hunt’s own personal policy special adviser since May 2013. Jones previously worked at Deloitte and Hanover Communications. 
- Paul Harrison - Since 2012
- Sue Beeby - she was known as Hunt’s long-standing special adviser. She has worked in the DoH since 2012. Previous to this Beeby was special adviser to the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from May 2010 – September 2012 (2 years 5 months). Beeby also worked for the Conservative Party as press officer from 2006 for three years. She was an account manager at Origin Communications Ltd for two years as well as a marketing manager at Hollington in 2002. From 2000-2002 Sue was an account manager at Zebra Consultancy.  Left her role at the DoH in 2015.
- Emily Frith - special adviser to the Cabinet Office from March 2013 to May 2015, but focused on health. Previous roles include policy advisor at Driver Youth Trust, research associate at Prison Reform Trust, external affairs manager at Turning Point, health advisor for Liberal Democrats and research associate at APCO Worldwide.  Frith stood for the Liberal Democrats in Hampstead and Kilburn in the 2015 general election.
Chief Scientic Adviser
- Professor Dame Sally Davies
Contact details, Resources, Notes
- Address: Customer Service Centre, The Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
- Phone: 020 7210 4850
- Textphone: 020 7210 5025
- Tamasin Cave, The privatising cabal at the heart of our NHS Spinwatch, 1 April 2015.
- About the Department, Dept of Health website, accessed 11 Aug 2009
- The Department of Health The House, Parliaments Magazine, Vol.11, 11.2013, accessed 2 October 2014
- Sue Beeby LinkedIn profile, accessed 2 October 2014
- Emily Frith LinkedIn profile, accessed 3 October 2014
- Department of Health Annex B Executive agencies of the Department of Health, Annual Report, 2003, accessed 3 March 2009