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Stephen Eames, who is currently chief executive at West Hertfordshire Hospitals trust, will take up the post as chief executive at North Staffordshire Hospital in October, replacing David Fillingham, now director of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

Sarah Pudney has been appointed communications co-ordinator for Leeds Community and Mental Health Services teaching trust .She has worked as a radio journalist in Yorkshire for the past five years.

Keith Salsbury, chief executive of Wakefield health authority, has been seconded to run Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital trust until a permanent replacement can be found for Tony Woolgar, who is moving to become chief executive of North Bristol trust.

Alan Yates has been appointed chief executive of Mersey Care trust, created to provide mental health services for Liverpool, Kirkby and north and south Sefton, with responsibility for social care provided by the local authorities as well as the Mersey forensic psychiatry service and elements of the high-security services at Ashworth Hospital.He is currently chief executive of North Mersey Community trust.

Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare trust has created three new director of care posts to promote integrated working between trust mental health services and social services.Director of care for Doncaster is Sandra Mitchell, formerly director of the mental health confederation at Community Health Services (North Derbyshire) trust.Kevin Bond, formerly general manager for mental health services in West Hertfordshire, has been appointed director for North East Lincolnshire, and Eric Dews, who recently worked as assistant director in the social and housing services directorate at the local council on secondment from the Department of Health Social Services inspectorate, will be director for North Lincolnshire.

Newcastle Nuffield Hospital manager Neil Pe rmainhas been appointed Nuffield Group's divisional general manager for the north of England.