NHS Shetland has appointed a new dental director, Brian Chittick, to replace the retiring Ray Cross as of Friday.
Cross retires this week following a long NHS career, with the last two years spent in Shetland, while Chittick is stepping up from his position as senior dental officer in the islands for an initial fixed term of 12 months.
NHS Shetland said Chittick had an “extensive background” in leadership roles and was an experienced clinician who had worked in “many varied and challenging locations” including during his time with the Royal Navy.
Community health and social care director Simon Bokor-Ingram thanked Cross for his hard work and wished him a happy retirement.
“I very much appreciate the stable platform Ray has created during a period of significant change in the Shetland dental landscape,” he said, “including the strong leadership of our public dental service and the facilitation of a new independent dental practice to Shetland.
“Ray and Brian have been working through handover preparations in readiness for Brian taking on the dental director role.”
Bokor-Ingram added: “Brian will continue with some clinical sessions, but will devote the majority of his time to implementing the oral health strategy that is being considered by the integration joint board later this month. Brian will be based in the Montfield Dental Clinic.”