North-east NHS chief

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie has been appointed to the post of Director of Public Health at NHS Grampian.

Sir Lewis currently chairs the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (SMASAC), which provides advice from all medical specialties to the Scottish Government and previously chaired the Biomedical and Therapeutic Research Committee of the Chief Scientist Office (BTRC). He has led several new national immunisation programmes, including the Service Delivery Group of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Programme. He sits on the council of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and is a specialty adviser in General Practice to the Chief Medical Officer.

Sir Lewis has been James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen since 1992 and will continue in that capacity. He has worked as a GP at Peterhead Health Centre and Community Hospital for almost his entire professional medical career. He has been an honorary consultant in public health medicine since 1993, and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen last year for services to the NHS.

Chief Executive Richard Carey said: “Sir Lewis has made a tremendous academic and professional contribution to the delivery of first class healthcare in Scotland, as well as in the north-east where, amongst other roles, he has been a GP in Peterhead for over 30 years.

“He was appointed following a comprehensive recruitment and selection process and the Board looks look forward to welcoming him.”

Professor Ritchie said: “I am delighted to be taking up this key post and look forward to working closely with colleagues both within NHS Grampian and in our partner organisations, to continue to promote innovation and best practice in public health for the people of Grampian”.

Professor Ritchie takes up his appointment on February 1.