WORKFORCE: Former national director for heart disease Professor Sir Roger Boyle has been appointed a non-executive director of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

Sir Roger made an outspoken attack on the government’s health reforms after standing down as national director for heart disease and stroke in July after 11 years in the post. He is currently working part-time as a professor at University College London and has been working with GPs in Cornwall to develop the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

Royal Cornwall chair Martin Watts said: “I am very pleased that Professor Sir Roger Boyle has agreed to join RCHT as a non-executive director. He brings to the Trust exceptional skills and experience and has a proven track record of improving clinical outcomes for patients.

“RCHT and Cornwall are very lucky to be able to call upon Roger’s clinical and strategic expertise as we aim to become a top performing NHS Foundation Trust.”     

The £310m turnover trust has been classed as a “financially challenged” organisation by the Department of Health and had an outstanding loan from the department worth £25m at 31 March 2011.

Sir Roger said: “I am delighted to be joining the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board at this vital point in its development. The hospital is already improving rapidly but I look forward to working with the many excellent clinicians and the new chief executive helping to drive up standards even further.

“I am passionate about the National Health Service and I am keen to help Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust be among the top flight of British hospitals.”