Appointment of NHS Highland chairman is confirmed

Professor Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture member of the Commission on Parliamentary Refrom. 07 November 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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Professor Boyd Robertson has been confirmed in the position of chairman of NHS Highland on a permanent basis.

Announcing the appointment, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: ‘I am very pleased to announce that after being appointed interim chairman of NHS Highland nine months ago, Professor Robertson will now take up the position on a permanent basis.

‘This is a critical leadership role and Professor Robertson has extensive experience in Scotland’s public life, including senior leadership roles.

‘Professor Robertson and the board were tasked specifically with responding to the Sturrock Review’s substantive recommendations. This includes the need to take forward a more compassionate and person-centred approach to leadership and governance.

‘This work is well under way and we continue to provide direct support to NHS Highland and to scrutinise progress against its action plan.

‘The priority, as always across NHS Scotland, is safe and effective patient care, and I am confident that under Professor Robertson’s leadership people across the Highlands will receive the excellent level of service they deserve.’

Professor Robertson is a former principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college, the National Centre for Gaelic Language.