Social work figures take up NHS posts

    Three former leading figures in social work are to play a major
    role in reforming the organisation of the NHS in Scotland, Susan
    Deacon, health minister, announced

    George Irving, former director of social work in North Ayrshire,
    will lead Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust. Brian Cavanagh, former
    chairperson of the social work committee for Lothian Region and the
    social work spokesperson for the Convention of Scottish Local
    Authorities, will lead Lothian NHS Trust. As announced in March,
    Peter Bates, former director of Dundee Council social work
    department and Tayside Region, has already taken up post as
    chairperson of Tayside NHS Trust.

    In Scotland, the 43 former Health Boards are to be reorganised
    into 15 new unified NHS Trusts. The people who will chair four
    other NHS Trusts have yet to be appointed.

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