Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords)

Nicola Blackwood


Nicola Blackwood was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 10 January 2019.

She previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health from July 2016 until June 2017.

She was elected as the Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in May 2010.


Nicola was educated at Trinity College of Music, St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Political career

From June 2015 to July 2016, Nicola was Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee. Before the 2015 general election, Nicola was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Enterprise from 2013 to 2015 and a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2010 to 2015. She was also previously Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2013.

Before becoming an MP Nicola worked for Andrew Mitchell MP, then Shadow International Development Secretary. Nicola continues this work as Co-Chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Women Peace and Security and as a member of the Department for International Development’s Gender Advisory Group.

Career outside politics

Nicola is a trustee of a special school academy near her home and the patron of several charities. She is known for her national campaign against child sexual exploitation, Childhood Lost, which is backed by the NSPCC, Children’s Society, Barnardo’s and Save the Children, and has resulted in amendment of child protection legislation to enable the police to better protect victims of sexual abuse.

Personal life

Nicola was born in Johannesburg in 1979. She now lives in Summertown.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords)

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords) leads on the following policy areas:

  • making a success of Brexit
  • life sciences policy and industry engagement, industrial strategy and NHS innovation
  • medicines pricing and regulation
  • data, digital and technology, including cyber security
  • NHS land and estates, NHS litigation, migrant cost recovery and income generation

Ministerial lead for:

  • NHS Resolution
  • NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • NHS Digital
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

In addition, she represents the government on all aspects of health in the House of Lords.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation

    • 2016 to 2017


  1. Home Secretary hosts forum to end FGM