WORKFORCE: Tony Branson, consultant clinical oncologist at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as medical director of the North of England Cancer Network.

It followes the retirement of Janet Whiteway. The appointment is for two days a week.

Tony Branson has worked in many of the cancer units around the NECN during his consultant career, has been chair of the network radiotherapy group since 2005 and has been closely involved in several tumour groups.

He spent six years as clinical director in Newcastle and is currently head of service for radiotherapy. It is expected that Dr Branson will take up his post formally on 1 November.