Former MP Nicola Blackwood has been promoted to the Lords and returned to her old job as health minister responsible for the digital and innovation brief.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced Ms Blackwood’s appointment as health minister on Twitter on Thursday, marking her return to government 18 months after she lost her parliamentary seat at the 2017 general election.

It is the same role she held between July 2016 and June 2017, when she lost her seat as MP for Oxford West and Abingdon. Ms Blackwood was also previously chair of the Commons science and technology committee.

While out of parliament, Ms Blackwood joined an advisory board of digital primary care company Push Doctor and wrote a report titled “The Promise of Healthtech”.

The government has now appointed Ms Blackwood to the Lords and she will take over ministerial responsibilities previously held by Lord O’Shaughnessy, who stood down last month.

These responsibilities include life sciences, NHS innovation, medicines pricing and regulation, data and digital technology, NHS land and estates and NHS litigation.

In addition, she will represent the government on matters of health in the Lords.