Ministerial role

Minister of State for Care and Support


The minister is responsible for care and support at the Department of Health. Responsibilities include:

  • older people
  • dementia
  • local government
  • adult social care
  • carers
  • end of life care
  • mental health services
  • prison services

Current role holder: Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health in September 2012. He has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001.


He was educated at Wymondham College, Norfolk and the University of Leicester, where he studied law.

Political career

Norman has held various positions in the Liberal Democrat party including Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health, 2006 to 2010. In May 2010 he was appointed Assistant Government Whip, as well as Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

Career outside politics

He worked for Norwich City Council as a senior assistant solicitor before joining Norfolk solicitors Steele and Co, where he became a partner and Head of the firm’s specialist Employment Unit.

Personal life

Norman is married with 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Paul Burstow MP

    • 2010 to 2012


under the responsibility of Norman Lamb MP as Minister of State for Care and Support

  1. Making mental health services more effective and accessible

    • 3 April 2014
  2. Making sure health and social care services work together

    • 14 May 2013
  3. Improving care for people with dementia

    • 25 April 2013
  4. Improving care for people at the end of their life

    • 25 March 2013
  5. Helping carers to stay healthy

    • 25 March 2013
  6. Helping people make informed choices about health and social care

    • 25 March 2013
  7. Improving quality of life for people with long term conditions

    • 25 March 2013


by Minister of State for Care and Support

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  1. Positive and safe: reducing the need for restrictive interventions

    • 4 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. Launching Think Autism on World Autism Awareness Day

    • 2 April 2014
    • Speech
  3. The time has come for mental health emergency services

    • 2 April 2014
    • Speech
  4. A commitment to care

    • 28 March 2014
    • Speech
  5. Making mental health as important as physical health

    • 23 January 2014
    • News story
  6. Winterbourne View: 1 year on

    • 13 December 2013
    • Speech
  7. G8 dementia summit

    • 11 December 2013
    • News story
  8. NHS must treat mental and physical health equally

    • 12 November 2013
    • Speech
  9. Norman Lamb: improving care through a joined up approach

    • 1 November 2013
    • Speech
  10. Norman Lamb: ‘Mental and Physical Health: one agenda’ conference

    • 10 October 2013
    • Speech

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