WORKFORCE: NHS Newcastle West CCG, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group are sharing a chief officer under an interim arrangement.

David Gallagher - previously director of CCG development in Darlington and Sedgefield - has been named interim chief officer position for all three groups. The post of chief officer is the name CCGs have been asked to use for their non-clinical accountable officers. They have also been told they can share the posts.

However it has not been confirmed whether Mr Gallagher will continue to hold the position for all three groups in the long term.