Health ministers' portfolios revealed by DH

Conservative peer Lord Howe will remain the health minister responsible for primary care and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) following the cabinet reshuffle.

Lord Howe: retains responsibility for primary care and commissioning
Lord Howe: retains responsibility for primary care and commissioning

The DH announced the full list of health ministerial portfolios yesterday after the cabinet reshuffle earlier this month which saw Andrew Lansley replaced as health secretary by Jeremy Hunt.

In the reshuffle, Lord Howe retained his role as health minister for quality, which covers the reforms in the Health Act. He will also have responsibility for winter planning, the NHS Commissioning Board, NICE and ‘overall finance’.

New health minister for care and support, Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb, will be in charge of older people, dementia, mental health and long-term conditions.

Conservative health minister Dr Daniel Poulter is tasked with looking after workforce issues including pay and pensions, professional regulation, IT and estates and facilities.

Anna Soubry, the new minister for public health will look after vaccinations, sexual health and preventing avoidable mortality.

Full list of health ministerial portfolios:

Norman Lamb, minister for care and support

  • Older people, including dementia
  • Long-term conditions
  • Local government, health and wellbeing boards
  • Adult social care:
    -    funding reform
    -    legislation
    -    finance
    -    workforce
    -    regulation
  • Quality regulation, including relationship with CQC
  • Healthwatch
  • NHS Constitution
  • Integration
  • Personal health budgets, personalisation
  • Reablement, Continuing care
  • End-of-life care
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental health, including child and adolescent mental health services
  • Physical and learning disabilities, autism
  • Third sector / Big Society / Volunteers
  • Carers
  • Prison health services

Anna Soubry, public health minister

  • Preventing avoidable mortality, saving lives (cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, diabetes, obesity)
  • Relationship with Public Health England, public health system and finance
  • Health protection, including emergency preparedness
  • Vaccination, including influenza
  • NHS Healthcheck
  • Health improvement, including tobacco, alcohol, diet, obesity, physical activity, drugs, addiction to medicines
  • Responsibility deal
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Blood and transplants
  • Ethics
  • Fertility and Embryology, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
  • Sexual health
  • Genetics and biotechnology, Human Tissue Authority
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Fluoridation
  • Homelessness
  • International, devolved administrations and the EU
  • Foreign nationals
  • Legislation
  • Reducing red tape

Lord Howe, health minister for quality

  • Reform, including:
    -    NHS Commissioning Board
    -    CCGs
    -    'Any qualified provider' and choice
  • Primary care, including dentistry
  • Urgent careNHS performance
  • Winter planning
  • Economic regulation and provider policy
  • Foundation Trust pipeline and relationship with NHS Trust Development Authority
  • Medicines, pharmacy and industry, including regulation the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • NICE
  • Research and development, Health Research Authority
  • Innovation
  • Academic Health Sciences Centres
  • Departmental management
  • Transition
  • Finance overall, including:
    -    Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) and the Spending Review
    -    NHS financial performance
    -    Allocations
    -    Central budgets and Vote 2 (DEL)
    -    Income generation

Dr Daniel Poulter, health minister

  • Nursing
  • Patient experience
  • Maternity services
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Health visiting
  • School nursing
  • Children’s health and public health
  • Allied health professions: physiotherapy, occupational health and others
  • NHS workforce, including pay and pensions
  • Professional regulation
  • Health education and training, relationship with Health Education England
  • NHS estates and facilities
  • NHS IT and the information strategy
  • Relationship with NHS Information Centre
  • Procurement, NHS Business Services Authority
  • NHS security management
  • Veterans' health
  • Patient safety, Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs), Mid Staffs
  • NHS Litigation Authority

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