Chris Heginbotham, currently chief executive of Eastern region specialised commissioning group, has been appointed chief executive of South Warwickshire General Hospitals trust and will take up post on 1 October.Nancy Hempstead will continue as acting chief executive until then.

Talib Yaseen, director of nursing and midwifery at Morecambe Bay Hospitals trust, has taken up post as director of nursing and midwifery for North West region.He is succeeded at Morecambe Bay by Anne Buchanan, currently deputy director of nursing at West Middlesex Hospital.

The Walton Centre for Neurology has appointed Kate Abendstern as its new chief executive.She will replace David Dalton, who is leaving the Liverpool-based centre to become chief executive of Salford Hospitals trust.

Eight regional commissioners have been appointed to the new NHS Appointments Commission.They are Sir Ian Mills for London, Rosie Varley for Eastern, Michael Taylor for North West, Dr John Marshall for Northern and Yorkshire, Bernard Williams for South East, Gillian Camm for South West, Brenda Sills for Trent, and Jane Isaacs for the West Midlands.

Whipps Cross Hospital trust has appointed Philippa Hewer, formerly clinical audit manager, as assistant director of quality, a newly created post.

NHS Estates Trading Fund has appointed David Connor as head of human resources and modernisation, while Ingrid Lewis takes up the role of senior HR adviser and Helen Dowling becomes HR adviser.

Dr Jeremy Harbison will chair the Northern Ireland Social Care Council being established this October.Dr Harbison retires this month from the Department for Social Development.

Rob Pickford has been appointed as the first head of the new Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales, which will be launched in April.