WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.

Stephen Childs, formerly chief executive of NHS Hartlepool and interim chief at NHS Tees, has been given the role.

A statement said: “A key development during February 2012 has been the appointment of an interim [CSS] leadership team. The PCT chief executives have recognised the need to increase the level of dedicated, senior staff resource to enable this part of the transition to progress. [It] will ensure the CCGs can receive the support they need in the coming months.

“The interim managing director for the leadership team is Stephen Childs.”