Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No.5786 Page 35

Craig Muir has been appointed head of older people's services and national taskforce manager at the Department of Health.

He has been at the DoH for 20 years but spent six years on secondment, including a spell as director of planning at Barts and the London trust.

Madeleine Keyworth has become chair of Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare trust following the retirement of David Bertram. Formerly chair of South Humber health authority, she has worked as a pharmacist at hospital and community level since 1967.

Professor Robert Stout is to become director of research and development at the Central Services Agency in Northern Ireland.Dean of medicine and health sciences at Queen's University Belfast, his appointment completes the restructuring of the R&D office which began when Dr Michael Neely became operational director in March.

Dr John Patterson has been named president designate of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.He will take over on a two-year term from current president Bill Fullagar next April.

Raj Vasudevan is to become commercial director of healthcare provider HCA International.He was previously head of hospital and specialist contracting at BUPA, and earlier head of acute commissioning for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham health authority.

Helen Hughes has been appointed a call centre manager to develop NHS Direct across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and the Wirral.The role includes developing the Health Information Service offering information on pharmacies, dentists and GP opening times.

Ian Hope, Sheila Taylor, Judith Jolly and Trevor McCabe have been re-appointed non-executive directors of Cornwall Healthcare trust for another four years.

Jared Hodgson is joining Reed Health Group as contracts manager.He has worked for Hammersmith Hospitals trust where he developed and implemented quality standards for temporary staffing providers.