National Health Service chief executive David Nicholson has named Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as NHS medical director.

The role will see Sir Bruce, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, drive forward clinical engagement throughout the NHS, and he will also be Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said.

According to Sir Bruce, the position presents “an exciting opportunity to harness the expertise, experience and talents of clinicians working on the front line to guide and implement the continuing transformation the NHS for the benefit of our patients”.

And Mr Nicholson added that the appointment will “put the Department's management of the NHS on a stronger clinical footing and support the NHS locally to provide better clinical leadership - helping to support clinicians to drive change at a local level in order to drive improvements for the benefit of patients". By Selina McKee