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Colin Pattinson, former chief executive of Staffordshire Housing Association, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Beverly Harris has been appointed registered manager at Seabourne House in Bournemouth.

Julia Bentley has been appointed operations director of leading provider of residential, nursing and dementia care, Caring Homes.

Carol Dover joins Two Rivers, a not-for-profit community organisation that provides affordable homes. Two Rivers is currently investing heavily in its development programme with 1,000 new affordable homes to be built in Gloucestershire over the next decade.

Sir Chris Ham, the NHS Assembly co-chair and until recently the King’s Fund chief executive, has signed up as an adviser to a healthcare management consultancy. Sir Chris will join Carnall Farrar as a senior independent adviser to the board from next month. The firm was founded in 2014 by the former NHS London chief executive Dame Ruth Carnall and its director of strategy and provider development Hannah Farrar.

A former pharmacist has taken over the operations of Caremark’s Norwich & Broadland branch. Gurpreet Singh is the new managing director of the franchise, and will be in charge of 40 care workers, who provide 1,000 hours of care per week to clients across Norwich and the surrounding areas.

Prestige Nursing + Care has partnered with Dementia UK to provide a specialist dementia nurse to support service users and their families. Based in Norfolk, Admiral Nurse Sue Jones will provide one-to-one support, practical advice and expert guidance to help local people face dementia with more confidence and less fear. She will train Prestige Nursing + Care staff and look at the company’s policies and procedures to ensure they reflect the needs, rights and wishes of people with dementia and their families.

Professor Stephen Hawking’s nurse has been struck off for failures over his care and financial misconduct. Patricia Dowdy, 61, who worked for the renowned scientist for 15 years, was handed an interim suspension in 2016, it emerged at the weekend. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now found she did not “provide the standards of good, professional care we expect and Professor Hawking deserved”. Mrs Dowdy said she was upset and did not want to comment. The NMC made its decision to remove Mrs Dowdy, from Ipswich, from the nursing register at a private hearing in London. A fitness to practise panel said Mrs Dowdy’s behaviour amounted to financial misconduct, dishonesty, not providing appropriate care, failing to cooperate with the NMC and not having the correct qualifications. Matthew McClelland, director of fitness to practise, said: “As the public rightly expects, in serious cases such as this – where a nurse has failed in their duty of care and has not been able to give evidence to the panel that they have learned from their mistakes and be fit to practise – we will take action. “We have remained in close contact with the Hawking family throughout this case and I am grateful to them – as they approach the anniversary of Professor Hawking’s death – and others for sharing their concerns with us. A family spokesman said Prof Hawking’s family was “relieved this traumatic ordeal has now concluded and that as a result of the verdict, others will not have to go through what they suffered from this individual”. “They want to thank the NMC for their thorough investigation,” he added. Prof Hawking died at his home in Cambridge in March last year aged 76 having lived with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years.