Civil Service (Department of Health)

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Gwen Nightingale gave a talk at the 2012 season of the Careers After Biological Sciences program at the University of Leicester (UK). She discussed her role working as a civil servant within the Department of Health for the UK government.

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Civil Service (Department of Health)

  1. 1. Working in the Department of Health Gwen Nightingale
  2. 2. About me• Graduated in 2001• 2:1 in Biological Sciences (Genetics)• Applied to join Civil Service Graduate scheme in October 2000• Started in the Department of Health in November 2001
  3. 3. What does the civil service do? ?
  4. 4. Overview: My DH career in numbers 10 years 8 9 hours in jobs debate 6 5 7 Secretaries International reports of State negotiations 4 3 2 1 Acts of promotions cities motorcadeParliament
  5. 5. My favourite job: Private secretary
  6. 6. So why did I study biology?• I enjoyed it• Picked up great skills for me to apply and people respect a science degree• And my degree did secure me a post when I worked as Secretary to the Human Genetics Commission and Bioethics Policy Lead• Worked on issues including consent to treatment; assisted dying policy; genetics and reproduction; and genetic testing
  7. 7. If you are interested in becoming a civil servant …• The selection process for the Fast Stream takes ages - be patient!• How will you stand out from the 22,000 applicants? What’s your USP?• Get experience of communicating in a range of settings, not just essays• There are other entry routes where you can show potential, if you are prepared to work hard• Be positive to achieve promotion• Treat people well
  8. 8. Further information• www.civilservice.gov.uk/faststream• www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs• www.dh.gov.uk
  9. 9. Questions & Answers• How is your work organised? Does it keep changing?

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