Dr Jim Smith has been appointed the new chief pharmaceutical officer at the Department of Health.He was previously regional pharmaceutical adviser to the NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire region.

Christine Outram has been appointed chief executive of the new Barnet, Enfield and Haringey health authority when it comes into operation on 1 April.She has been chief executive of Enfield and Haringey HA since 1995.

Jeremy Taylor will shortly take up the post of chief executive at the new Nottinghamshire Healthcare trust.For the past two years Mr Taylor has been chief executive of Grampian primary care trust.

The Audit Commission has appointed Alan Meekings, formerly director of finance and corporate services at the NHS Executive South East regional office, as the new chief executive of district audit.In addition to his NHS experience, Mr Meekings worked for 16 years in local government.

David McVittie will take up post as chief executive of the Hillingdon Hospital trust from March. He is currently finance director at Lewisham Hospital trust.

Nigel Clifton is the new Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital trust's chief executive. He has been chief executive at the Doncaster Royal Infirmary & Montagu Hospital trust since 1997.

David Hughes has been appointed chief executive of Guernsey board of health. He has worked with the board for 15 years, for the past eight years as deputy chief executive/planning director.

Norman McGregor Edwards, general manager with Greater Glasgow primary care trust for the past two years, has been appointed medical services director for the Falkland Islands government.