Secretary of State for Health and Conservative MP for South West Surrey
Jeremy was first elected Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Surrey in May 2005, and re-elected in May 2010 with an increased majority of 16,318 making the seat one of the safest Conservative seats in the country and received the third highest amount of votes out of all MPs.
In September 2012 Jeremy was appointed as Secretary of State for Health. Prior to this he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in May 2010 during which time he oversaw a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in the summer of 2012. He had shadowed this brief in opposition since July 2007.
Born on 1 November 1966, Mr Hunt was educated at Charterhouse school, Godalming and Oxford University. He lives in Farnham and London with his wife Lucia and their two young children, Jack and Anna.
We intend to award grants to the most innovative and impactful local collaborations between the NHS, wider public and voluntary sector to support the development of these services. At the same time we will continue to invest in other core NHS mental health services as part of our ambition to treat one million more people by 2020/21. There may be no magic bullet to stem the rising tide of mental ill health - but these initiatives show there is a huge amount that can be done to make a real difference.
It's now a little over a decade since Steve Jobs stepped confidently onto a stage in California and projected the world into the smartphone era. Ever since, there's been no shortage of debate about the implications of our ever more connected, always-on digital lifestyles. Technology now governs every aspect of our lives: how we shop, how we work, how we play, even how we vote, have all been transformed by the march of digital. It's brought risk, as well as benefits, not least in its impact on our mental health. But what can't be disputed is its overwhelming power to disrupt traditional ways of working and create new possibilities for consumers.
We all now leave school knowing the basics of how to look after ourselves physically - healthy vs unhealthy food, the importance of exercise - but with very little knowledge of how to cope with the personal crises so many of us face at some stage. Relationship breakdown, bereavement and disappointment at work are effectively part of life - so why don't we all learn the basics of how to cope with them? In the process of learning about how people experience mental distress, the course then teaches you to spot signs in others around you who might be experiencing difficulty. Statistically you are more likely to meet someone about to attempt suicide than about to have a heart attack - so everyone should know what to do.
The Friends and Family Test is helping the NHS become safer - steps have been taken at Hillingdon to make sure patients with Parkinson's' Disease get their medication on time, by using a simple alarm clock to remind staff when medicine needs to be taken. And Lewisham and Greenwich Hospitals NHS Trust has improved communication with patients by making sure every day each nurse introduces themselves to the patients they will be responsible for, and has a discussion about what the patient can expect to happen during the day. Those are just a few examples of positive change. There are many more.
It is no secret that dementia is one of the most pressing challenges the UK is facing. Currently there are 670,000 people diagnosed with the condition in this country alone, and this number is set to double over the next 30 years. However dementia is far from a uniquely British problem - it is a world-wide challenge. Similar problems and pressures being played out across the world for families, patients and governments as they work hard to respond to the sometimes significant demands of this growing condition.
The announcement that Titian's <em>Diana and Callisto</em> has been acquired for the nation is a cause for huge celebration. Not just the fact that a masterpiece will not be going abroad - but also for what it shows about our cultural institutions. Many people thought I was wrong to make boosting philanthropy the mainstay of arts policy. But in difficult times I thought it was right to focus my energies on helping to stabilise the finances of the country's cultural fabric - which I passionately believe is one of our greatest assets.
I'm absolutely delighted to welcome the Huffington Post's new culture section, which will be a fantastic space to talk about the UK's amazing arts scene. And amazing it is. Even in difficult economic times the arts in this country continue to inspire and startle.
From the National Theatre's 'War Horse' to the Neil MacGregor's 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', there have been some incredible highlights in the British art calendar over the past year. But it has also been an incredibly challenging year for everyone who cares about British arts and culture.
05/07/2011 13:35 BST
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