WORKFORCE: A professor of health research is to join Mersey Care Trust as a non-executive director.

Brenda Rose, professor of health research at Edge Hill University, has carried out extensive research on aspects of the health service, often focusing on the experiences of service users and carers.

Chair Beatrice Fraenkel said: “Brenda will bring a further strengthening of clinical knowledge and expertise to the board. She also has considerable previous NHS non-executive experience and I’m delighted she will be joining us.”

Elaine Darbyshire is to join the trust as executive director of corporate governance and communications. She was until recently the director of communications and corporate affairs for NHS North of England.