WORKFORCE: The Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Bassetlaw PCTs cluster has been in place since the summer but it has this month confirmed that the Appointments Commission has confirmed Alan Tolhurst as the new chair of all five primary care trusts.

He has been the chair of Rotherham PCT since its establishment in 2002.

A board paper says: “In light of Alan Tolhurst’s appointment as chair, the following changes are being made:Mr Tolhurst will cease to be the chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.”

His place will be taken by David Liggins. Les Ranson will become a member of the committee.

“Mr Tolhurst will also cease to be a member of the Maintaining High Professional Standards Committee. He will not be replaced in this role.”