WORKFORCE: Ed Macalister Smith has been appointed to lead the Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset primary care trust cluster through its last year of existence.

Mr Macalister-Smith was chief executive of NHS Buckinghamshire until it clustered with NHS Oxfordshire last year. He has been appointed to Wiltshire and BANES on an interim basis and will continue his work as chair of the education and training change process at for the South Central region and executive coach to emerging NHS leaders.

He replaces Jeff James who announced he was resigning for personal reasons last October, less than six months into the role.