New Chairman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has announced the appointment of Nicholas Morris as Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board.

Mr Morris has over 33 years’ experience working within NHS Health and Social care services, with ten years’ experience as Executive Director of a large Mental Health and Social care NHS Trust.

He had director responsibilities over that time for Clinical and Corporate Governance, Nurse Director, Strategic Planning and Business continuity.  Nicholas originally trained as a Psychiatric Nurse, specialising in acute care and then moved into community mental health care within a social services environment.  His career then progressed to a range of strategic planning roles in mental health care, at Health Board, Regional and Department of Health level.

Nicholas has specialised in developing stakeholder approaches to service redesign, with a focus on utilising public health data and community needs assessments in order to drive through increased equality of care provision.

He has implemented major service re-design that has ensured people receive the care they need earlier in their care journey.  He is a passionate advocate for the integration of health and social care services – built around localities that mean access to care is simplified and the outcomes of care are built around the expectations of the public.

His appointment will be for four years and will run from January 1 2019 to
December 31 2022. The appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

He will be part-time and receive remuneration of £31,149 per annum for a time commitment of three days per week.

Mr Morris stood down from his role as a Member of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board on taking up the position of Chair.  He does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Mr Morris has had no political activity within the last five years.