WORKFORCE: A new medical director has been appointed to the West Mercia cluster of primary care trusts.

Dr Kiran Patel has been appointed as the cluster’s medical director and is charged with leading the local development of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

He will form part of the executive team that will lead the NHS across the West Mercia area, which includes Herefordshire, Shropshire County, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire PCTs.

Dr Patel will also continue in his current role as the consultant cardiologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

He said: “I very much look forward to joining the West Mercia cluster executive team and providing medical leadership during a very challenging economic period.”