WORKFORCE: Stephen Childs has been appointed as the managing director of North East Commissioning Support by the NHS Commissioning Board.

The region’s PCTs have collaborated to form the service, which will serve the clinical commissioning groups in the area. Mr Childs is one of the first nine managing directors to be confirmed by the NHS CB nationally.

He was previously managing director of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services, and interim chief executive of NHS Tees.