The University Hospitals of Leicester Trust has appointed Professor David Rowbotham as clinical director of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network for the East Midlands, which has its administrative base at the trust. 

Professor Rowbotham will take up the role in January 2014, bring with him experience of working in research strategy, governance and delivery on regional and national levels.

He is currently clinical director, NIHR Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Comprehensive Local Research Network. Professor Rowbotham served as director of research and development at the trust for 12 years.