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NHS Shetland has appointed its new chief executive.

Michael Dickson.

Michael Dickson will join the health board on 6 January to replace Ralph Roberts, who took up a job at NHS Borders earlier this year.

Dickson is currently implementation director for the Getting it Right First Time (NHS Improvement England) programme, where he has been responsible for supporting health trusts to make changes to improve services delivered to patients.

Before this he was the deputy chief executive for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity and he has supported healthcare delivery in Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland.

Dickson is said to be a skilled director and registered nurse with a history of successful delivery within the NHS and independent health and social care organisations.

NHS Shetland chairman Gary Robinson said Dickson, who currently resides in Brighton, is “enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference to the community in which he lives and works and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities Shetland holds”.

Chief officer of Shetland’s health and social care partnership Simon Bokor-Ingram has acting as interim chief executive since Roberts stepped down.

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021