Paul Farenden (above) has been appointed chief executive of the Dudley Group of Hospitals trust.

He is currently chief executive of South Warwickshire General Hospitals trust and a member of the West Midlands waiting list initiative.

Nigel Dunn, a consultant rheumatologist and general physician, has been appointed medical director of Hartlepool and East Durham trust.

Anne Balmer, a barrister and part-time director of legal services for the Fair Employment Commission, has been appointed non-executive director of the Royal Group of Hospitals and Dental Health and Social Services trust, Belfast.

Geffrey Shepherd has been appointed chief executive to the special trustees of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals trust. He will manage the trust funds held by two of the country's oldest NHS charities. Mr Shepherd is currently associate director of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster health authority and is a former chief executive of Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA.

Ken Jarrold, chief executive of County Durham health authority, has accepted honorary appointments as visiting professor at York and Salford universities.

Professor Robin Means has been appointed associate dean (primary and community care) of the faculty of health and social care at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

York University's department of health studies has made three appointments. Bob Lewin becomes professor of rehabilitation, David Thompson, professor of nursing, and Ian Watt will hold the chair in primary and community care.

Patients Association chief executive Cathy Gritzner and former Healthcare Financial Management Association secretary Chris Grimes are among 20 appointees to the new council of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.

Frances Day-Stirk has been appointed head of midwifery affairs at the Royal College of Midwives. She takes over from Catherine McCormick, who moves to the Department of Health as midwife adviser.

Ian Cameron, provost and vice-chancellor of the University of Wales College of Medicine, is the new chair of the UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE). He is a former principal and professor of medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals.