Sir Norman Lamb MP, former health minister, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, will support the appointment of an advisory board tasked with keeping XenZone – the UK’s largest provider of NHS commissioned mental health services – at the forefront of innovation of digital mental health.
Sir Norman joins at a time of rapid expansion for the organisation, which is a pioneer of online counselling, alongside safe peer communities and evidence-based digital content.
He has joined XenZone as part of his personal and professional drive to prevent mental ill health and reduce the rate of deterioration. At XenZone, he will advise on what works to help children, young people and adults, while supporting the management team to ensure that support reaches the widest possible audience.
Sir Norman said: “I am delighted to be chairing XenZone’s new Advisory Board, particularly to help ensure that mental health and wellbeing interventions are accessible, effective, and see a positive and sustained impact.
“What drives me is a desire to see reform of the support provided to children and young people who experience mental ill health or mental distress, with a much greater focus on how we prevent ill health in the first place and how we reduce the rate of deterioration.
“What has impressed me about XenZone is its appetite to demonstrate effectiveness and its commitment to maintaining high clinical standards.”
Commenting on Sir Norman’s appointment, Zoë Blake, CEO at XenZone, said: “We couldn’t ask for a better chair for our advisory board. Like us, Sir Norman has been advocating early intervention in mental health for many years, driven by a belief that everyone should have access to great mental health services before issues escalate.
“For us, the answer has always lain in the power of digital technology to meet the need when and where people feel most comfortable and ready to engage. With Sir Norman as its chair, the advisory board will focus on the impact of what we do, testing our thinking and challenging us to remain truly innovative.”