NHS Lothian appoints new Chief Executive

Scotland’s second largest health board, NHS Lothian, has appointed a new chief executive.

Calum Campbell has been appointed to lead NHS Lothian, who led NHS Lanarkshire for six years, and was appointed Interim Chief Executive of NHS Lothian last month, when he took over from predecessor Tim Davison.

Esther Roberton, Interim Chair of NHS Lothian said: “I am delighted to announce that following a competitive recruitment process, Calum Campbell has been appointed Chief Executive and Accountable Officer of NHS Lothian.”

“We are welcoming Calum to NHS Lothian at a time when we are refreshing our strategic vision to implement the learning and innovation that has been the hallmark of our COVID-19 response.”

Mr Campbell, who first started working in the NHS in 1984, was previously the chief at NHS Borders for five years, before he moved to take charge of NHS Lanarkshire in 2015.

While he was in Lanarkshire, Mr Campbell transformed the health education landscape by creating strategic partnerships with the Universities of Strathclyde, West of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian to create three University Hospitals for Lanarkshire. 

Calum Campbell, said: “I am really delighted to be joining NHS Lothian at such an important time. I have been working in the interim post since June, which has allowed me to meet the teams and get to grips with the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

“The remobilisation of health services as a result of COVID-19 will be one of the toughest challenges facing health boards across Scotland, but I am confident we can continue to push boundaries and think differently to ensure our services can adapt and evolve to continue to provide the highest quality patient care.”