WORKFORCE: Mark Adams has been appointed as the designate accountable officer for for NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Newcastle West CCG.

The joint post - like all accountable officer appointments - must be approved by the NHS Commissioning Board in the CCG authorisation process. Mr Adams has previously held director posts in NHS North of Tyne, the PCT cluster which covers the region, and at other PCTs in the region.