STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.

The local area team will commission specialised services for the North East, meaning it will have a very large budget. It is one of three LATs to which the board has so far failed to appoint a director. The interim will be Chris Reed, currently NHS North of Tyne chiefe executive.

A paper to the Durham and Darlington PCT Cluster says: “The NHS Commissioning Board felt that it was important that these three areas develop LAT arrangements at the same pace and so interim arrangements have been put in place.

“For Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear - Chris Reed, the current Chief Executive of NHS North of Tyne has agreed to take on additional responsibility by becoming the Interim LAT Director. Chris will oversee the initial development of the LAT, pending a permanent appointment.”