WORKFORCE: Barnsley PCT chief executive Ailsa Claire, who had been working as regional director of commissioning, is now on secondment to the Department of Health.

Ms Claire is working on information needs in the new commissioning system.

A paper to the South Yorkshire PCT cluster says that cluster chief executive Andy Buck will now chair the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber specialised commissioning group.

It says: “NHS Barnsley is the accountable body for the SCG. I have, for the past six months, delegated to Ailsa Claire the responsibility for chairing the SCG. As Ms Claire has taken a new secondment to the shadow NHS Commissioning Board with effect from 1 October she can no longer fulfil the role of SCG chair.

“I have therefore assumed the chair myself. I will also, in this capacity, be the Yorkshire and the Humber representative on the National Specialised Commissioning Group and the Joint Committee of the PCTs for Children’s heart services.”