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Lynne Neagle MS

Responsibilities of the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing


Lynne Neagle was born in Merthyr Tydfil and was educated at Cyfarthfa High School and Reading University.

Prior to her election to the Senedd in 1999, Lynne held a number of posts within the voluntary sector in Wales, working for organisations such as Shelter Cymru, Mind and the CAB. She was Carers Development Officer with Voluntary Action Cardiff and also worked as a researcher for Glenys Kinnock MEP.

Lynne was appointed Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing on 13 May 2021.


  • Public health: Covid 19 response, screening and vaccination
  • NHS delivery and performance
  • Escalation procedures
  • Receipt of, response to, and direction of reports from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
  • Oversight of the Welsh Government’s relationship with Audit Wales regarding activities relating to the NHS
  • Medical workforce training and development [with the exception of years 1-5 of University Education for Doctors]
  • Research and development in health and social care
  • Health innovation and Digital
  • Mental health services
  • Suicide prevention
  • Dementia
  • Autism
  • Health impact of problem gambling
  • Substance misuse
  • Armed Forces and Veterans’ Health
  • Public Health: Health improvement and wellbeing services
  • Obesity strategy
  • Food Standards Agency in Wales, including food safety
  • Genetically-modified food (but not genetically-modified crops)
  • Patient experience, involvement and the citizen’s voice
  • Safeguarding
  • Adoption and fostering services
  • Children and young people’s advocacy including complaints, representations and advocacy under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004
  • Cafcass Cymru
  • Policy and oversight of the provision of all social service activities of Local Authorities in Wales, including the issue of statutory guidance
  • Oversight of Social Care Wales
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8’s care provision and private healthcare
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by Local Authorities (via Care Inspectorate Wales), including joint reviews of social services and responding to reports
  • Children’s and young people’s rights and entitlements, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Early years, childcare and play, including the Childcare offer and workforce
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Flying Start for children 0-3
  • Families First and play policies

Writing to Lynne Neagle