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What Alzheimer’s Research UK supporters need to know about recent Government changes

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

It’s been hard to ignore how much political change has taken place in the UK recently. Following the EU Referendum and David Cameron’s resignation, Theresa May is our new Prime Minister – and this means lots of new cabinet members for Alzheimer’s Research UK to build relationships with.

If you’re interested in what these changes mean for dementia research, take a look at our ‘Who’s Who’ guide to the departments and people we’re working with:

Department of Health

  • Jeremy Hunt continues as Secretary of State for Health, meaning he oversees all areas of health policy. He also leads on all aspects of mental health and championing patient safety.
  • Philip Dunne is the new Minister of State for Health. He leads on areas such as NHS performance, hospitals, regulation and patient experience.
  • Nicola Blackwood is the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation. She leads on health protection and improvement, research and development, innovation and data and technology.
  • David Mowat is the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care. His role is particularly important for Alzheimer’s Research UK as he’s responsible for dementia, older people and various areas of health and social care.
  • Lord Prior remains in the Department of Health – he was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity and is now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health. He leads on a number of areas that are important to dementia research, such as the uptake of new drugs and medical technologies, the Accelerated Access Review and the life sciences industry.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Greg Clark is the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. His role is important to dementia research because he’s responsible for ensuring the UK remains a leader in science, research and innovation. He was the Universities Minister under the coalition government.
  • Jo Johnson was previously the Minister of State Universities and Science, and has now added research and innovation to his title. He is responsible for higher education, science and research, and life sciences – all areas of high priority to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Department for Exiting the European Union

  • David Davis has been appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. He will be responsible for working with the UK’s devolved administrations, Parliament and other relevant groups to support the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union and establish the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

No matter what changes take place in Government, Alzheimer’s Research UK will continue to campaign to make dementia a national priority. If this is a cause that’s also close to your heart, you might like to sign up as an ARUK Campaigner and work with us to ensure your MP is engaged with dementia research. Fill out our short campaigner application form at alzheimersresearchuk.org/campaign and we’ll give you the resources and support you need to get started.

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