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New medical director

​      Dr​ Rob Dyer
​Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Rob Dyer as its new medical director.
 
The medical director plays a key role at Board level and as part of the Executive Team, influencing and shaping the Trust's strategic direction and driving improvement in quality and safety.
 
Dr Dyer, a consultant physician and endocrinologist, trained in Birmingham and Newcastle and has been a consultant since 1994, first in Northumberland and Newcastle, and for the past 17 years at Torbay Hospital.  His clinical specialisms are in diabetes, endocrinology and thyroid problems. 
 
Dr Dyer also holds the position of Associate Medical Director for Long Term Conditions and Transformation and has a long-standing interest in integrated care models, patient self-management and prevention in long term conditions. He has experience of management of acute medical admissions, and sub-specialty endocrine and thyroid cancer management.
 
Dr Dyer will take up the role on 1 December, succeeding Dr John Lowes who has held this key position since 2009 (two three-year tenures). Dr Lowes will continue in his role as a consultant Gastroenterologist at Torbay Hospital.
 
Mairead McAlinden, chief executive, said: “Having interviewed some very high-calibre candidates, I am delighted that Dr Rob Dyer has been appointed as medical director for our new integrated care organisation.
 
“Rob has provided clinical leadership in many of the care model projects, and has an excellent understanding of hospital and community medicine. He has the knowledge, experience and commitment to be a key member of the leadership team which will drive forward the next step of our integration journey.
 
Dr Rob Dyer said: “I am very proud to be taking on this role. I have great respect for the people who work in our new organisation, who show such dedication to providing the best possible care for the population of South Devon. 
 
“With the support of all of our partners in the Clinical Commissioning Groups, the councils, GPs and the voluntary sector, I think we have the chance of developing a really new and exciting health and social care system that will help us get through what is a very challenging time in the NHS.  I know that I will depend on the efforts of many colleagues in making a success of my new job.”