24150 - Offender Health Team, Vulnerable Offenders team

£25,893 - £29,729
12 Months
Full Time


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Offender Health team is recruiting a Band D policy officer to support the team to develop and support policy on offender health. This diverse topic covers a range of health issues including substance misuse, physical health and mental health and includes offenders in the community and in prisons. The team is part of the Vulnerable Offenders team in the Youth Justice and Offender Policy Directorate, contributing to the MoJ objective to reduce reoffending rates and see offenders effectively rehabilitated back into the community upon release.

This exciting role provides the opportunity to work in a dynamic policy team, helping to develop and deliver innovative and cross-cutting policies in one of MoJ’s highest profile areas, making a real difference to meeting the health needs of offenders. You will work closely with analysts and policy professionals in a range of areas, as well as working with other government departments and agencies to support the team in delivering critical Ministerial priorities.

The Offender Health Team works in close collaboration with our health and justice partners, which includes HMPPS, NHS England, Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England, to ensure effective health care provision for offenders. The team also engages with a range of stakeholders across government and the third sector. It is a busy team with some challenging and high-profile objectives. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support policy development and projects across a range of topics and will play a pivotal role in collating and disseminating best practice and new policies. It is an unique opportunity to develop an understanding of a variety of offender health areas and to build knowledge and expertise on topics that are relevant across a number of government departments.

At the centre of one of Whitehall’s most interesting and challenging areas of work, this post will regularly contribute towards briefing and correspondence for ministers and senior stakeholders. It offers an excellent opportunity to develop a range of policy skills.

Job Description

Duties may include:

  • Developing and maintaining oversight of the team’s work areas, providing regular updates of the team’s progress to the wider Group;
  • Assisting in the drafting of a range of documents including senior management and ministerial briefings, Parliamentary Questions, and ministerial correspondence amongst others;
  • Undertaking research and providing written input to submissions and policy proposals;
  • Building good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders - particularly NHS England, Public Health England, Department of Health and Social Care and HMPPS - to support the effective implementation of offender health policy, both in custody and the community;
  • Providing Secretariat support to Governance Boards when appropriate.


You will be required to provide evidence of the following key competencies at Level 2

Seeing the Big Picture:

  • Keep up to date with a broad set of issues relating to the work of the Department
  • Develop understanding of how own and team’s work supports achievement of Departmental priorities and delivery

Collaborating and Partnering:

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes.
  • Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results

Delivering at Pace:

  • Successfully manage, support and stretch self to deliver agreed goals and objectives.
  • Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands.
  • Check own and team’s work against milestones or targets, and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance.

Changing and Improving:

  • Take initiative to suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner
  • Identify, resolve or escalate the positive and negative effects that change may have on own role/team

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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.

To be confirmed

21/02/2019, 23:55 hours.

Closing date: 21/02/19 at 23:55 hours

If you wish to discuss this any details of this role further, please contact ben.hall@justice.gov.uk

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference 24150

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Candidate Information

You may be required to provide statements describing your skills and experience relevant to each of the selection criteria. We recommend that you structure any examples as Situation, Task, Action and Result. For more information about the recruitment process and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

Link: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/candidate/cms/About%20the%20MOJ

In the event of a large number of applications, we reserve the right to undertake the following processes:

  • An automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress;
  • A sift on the lead selection criteria. If this happens, the lead criteria will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the selection process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment (such as written test). If this is applicable you will be notified of this when you are invited to interview.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance
Seeing the Big Picture
Collaborating and Partnering
Delivering at Pace
Changing and Improving

This Vacancy is closed to applications.