Helen Whately has been appointed Minister of Care as part of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
The MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, who was previously the Minister of State in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has swapped roles with former Minister of Care, Caroline Dinenage.
As reported in AMP’s sister publication, Home Care Insight, Matt Hancock has been reappointed as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Commenting on her new role, Whately said: “I’m completely delighted to be appointed Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care and looking forward to working with Secretary of State Matt Hancock. Can’t wait to get going.”
On her departure, Dinenage posted on Twitter: “Huge thanks to all the inspiring, incredible people it’s been an honour to meet & work with along the way. The toughest & yet the best of jobs. Excited for the journey ahead but will miss you all.”
Jane Townson, CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association welcomed Whately’s appointment, adding: “Never before has there been a more important time to support citizens to live in the place they call home, with the people they love, connected to their communities, and with a sense of purpose.
“We look forward to working with Helen to ensure that supporting people to live well and independently at home is central to the UK’s strategy for health and well-being.”