of cancer epidemiology Ray Cartwright has been appointed
chair of the country's first primary and community care
based health trust in Northumberland. The new organisation
will be responsible for social services for adults as
well as GP and community health services for a population
of 314,000, with a budget of over £330m and over 1,000
health and social care staff.
Cartwright said: "I am delighted to be involved in this
unique opportunity, leading the way in the integration
of social care with NHS care. Northumberland has a proven
track record of collaboration between the NHS and council
involving joint budgets for a number of smaller projects,
which is why it has been chosen to pilot this bigger scheme."
Cartwright's links with Northumberland began when he researched
a PhD on the population of Holy Island, and went on to
write a book about the island. He came to Leeds in 1977,
after study at Cambridge, London and Durham. As well as
his position at the University, he is a board member of
North East Leeds primary care group.
release on the Northumberland NHS website.