UK Vacancies

- Social Work England – Head of Regulatory Policy, UK

Social Work England – Head of Regulatory Policy

Social work England

Department of Health

Closing date: 23 Aug 2017


Reference number:1551350

Salary:£46,672 (National) / £50,278 (London) - £48,017 (National) / £51,517 (London)


Grade 7


Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


The role will be based in Sheffield. It may be possible to do the job from London or Leeds, but weekly (2 days plus) travel to Sheffield will be required.

About the job

Job description

Regulatory Policy lead within the Department of Health and Department for Education joint unit to establish Social Work England, the new regulator of Social Workers in England. 

Overview of the post/area of work: 

Rarely in the Civil Service does a unique and exciting leadership opportunity like this arise. You will be joining a high profile programme of work at a key moment in its development. This role will be pivotal in actively shaping the development of the new regulator of social workers in England. 

You will develop and deliver the transition plan through to completion to ensure the smooth and safe transfer from the current regulator to SWE. You will be part of a team drawn together from the Department of Health and the Department for Education to set up the new regulator. 

Establishing a regulator for Social Workers is a key Ministerial priority that spans the two government departments impacting on a social care workforce of 92,000 across a range of employers including local authorities, the NHS, the independent, voluntary and private sectors and academia. The new social work regulator will support improvement in the quality of social work practice and raise the status of the profession. The Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes the regulator, Social Work England, as a body corporate independent from government and sets out its overarching public protection objective in exercising its functions. 

The post holder will join a split site team (Sheffield and London) working on both the operational infrastructure and the governance and sponsorship of Social Work England. They will lead on the development of regulatory policy within Social Work England (SWE), working closely with the HCPC and directly with the leadership of SWE to establish the new body’s policies in relation to its core regulatory functions. 

The post-holder will also be the interface between the SWE Project team and DH, reporting in to the DH Professional Regulation team, with responsibility for ensuring that DH Adult Social Care Strategy is reflected in the new body.

Key accountabilities for the role 

• Regulatory Policy lead for SWE 

• Develop and consult on standards for SWE 

• Stakeholder Engagement with DfE / DH / Sector 

• Interface between SWE Joint Unit and the Department of Health 

• Strategic and Structural leadership 

Key requirements for the role: 

The post holder will have excellent people management, interpersonal and negotiation skills – enabling you to work successfully and tenaciously with senior stakeholders and operational colleagues with a wide range of background and perspectives, within and outside the departments. 


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

Seeing the big picture

Leading and communicating

Collaborating and partnering

Delivering at pace

Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.


If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

An initial sift based on the lead competence Seeing the Big Picture may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered. 


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


Contact point for applicants

For further information on this position please contact: 

Duncan Hall 

0113 2546457 

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Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a Disclosure and Barring Security Check may be carried out. 

Further information

Some of The Department of Health’s terms and conditions of employment changed on 1st October 2013. These are often referred to as “modernised” terms and conditions. These changes will affect current Civil Servants transferring to the Department of Health from another government department and those new to the civil service. In brief these changes are: 

• Civil servants from another government department who are in receipt of ‘modernised’ terms and conditions prior to the transfer will retain those terms and conditions on appointment. The rationale behind this is that changes to terms and conditions shouldn’t be underdone by a move to another department. 

• Civil servants who have been in service prior to the modernisation of terms and conditions will inherit the terms and conditions changes applicable to existing staff (including OGD’s) in the Department. See the attached word document. 

• New starters (external to the civil service) to the Department from 1 October 2013 will receive the full modernised terms and conditions. See the attached word document. 

The document attached to this advertisement provides more information on the changes we made, this clearly outlines the entitlements for both new starters (external to the civil service) and existing staff (including transfers from other government departments). Please note this is not a full list of the Department of Health’s terms and conditions. If you need to discuss how these changes might affect you, please contact the vacancy holder. 


Please note that eligible established civil servants will not retain any allowances paid in the former government department, unless there are special circumstances. We urge new entrants to establish their terms and conditions before accepting a formal offer of transfer/employment. 


Applicants who are successful at interview, will as part of pre-employment screening be subject to a check of their personal details against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about previous civil service employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. The check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave, but would have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s whose details are included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstance. 


New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

• Approach the point of contact in the job advert as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 


TCs changes DH effective 1 October 2013 Opens in new window (pdf, 82kB)

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Job posted on 4 August 2017.


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