WORKFORCE: Southern Health Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Helen McCormack as chief medical officer.

Ms McCormack, a psychiatrist specialising in mental health for older people, had already been acting in the role since April 2012.

She had led the trust’s older people’s mental health division as clinical director from June 2010.

She said: “I feel very privileged to be appointed to this post and I’m proud to be working in the NHS for Southern Health.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on giving people the best possible care and treatment whatever their health problems – physical or mental.”

The community and mental health services provider cares for a population of 1.3m in Hampshire.