The Department of Health has named the new director of medical education for England.

Patricia Hamilton, currently president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, will take up the position in the New Year.

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said: “Her experience in paediatric medicine and postgraduate medical training will prove invaluable in developing medical education for England.”

She is replacing interim director David Sowden who Sir Bruce said had “made an enormous contribution to both the next stage review broadly and specifically to medical education”.

Dr Hamilton will lead the Modernising Medical Careers programme and all undergraduate, pre-registration, specialty and GP training and aspects of continuing professional development.

She said: “I greatly look forward to taking up the appointment as director of medical education for England and to the challenges that this appointment will bring.

“The excellent foundations that David and the current Modernising Medical Careers and medical education team in the workforce directorate have created are a tremendous legacy on which to build.”

Dr Hamilton is a consultant and senior lecturer in neonatal paediatrics at St George’s Hospital medical school and a member of the postgraduate medical education and training board.