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The leader of Greater Manchester’s devolved health and care system is leaving to join a local authority, he has announced. Jon Rouse became the first chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in 2016. It was a unique post and arrangement, with national government then hailing it as a major plank of policy, and securing a deal for extra NHS transformation funding. Mr Rouse, previously a council chief executive and director general of social care at the Department of Health, will leave early in the new year to take up a new role as city director and head of paid service at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, a role similar to chief executive.

Housing and care organisation Wheatley Group has appointed Pauline McDonald as its new head of care for the east of Scotland.

A nurse who has spent much of her career in Airedale has been given a key role in the Bradford District Care NHS Trust. Phil Hubbard has been appointed the new director of nursing, professions and care standards for the trust, which provides services across Airedale, Craven, Wharfedale and Bradford. She takes up the role following the recent retirement of Debra Gilderdale after her 37-year career with the trust. Previously the trust’s deputy director of nursing and professions, Phil’s career spans 33 years across hospital, primary, mental health and community care settings. Since joining the trust in 2012, she has held a number of senior roles and has a strong track record of leading large-scale service improvements, working with partners across the district.

Karen DeSalvo has been appointed Google’s first chief health officer. She will report to David Feinberg, VP of Google Health.

Digital health platform Heartbeat Labs has hired former Babylon Health chief experience officer Chad Jennings as chief product officer (CPO).

David Bennett has joined Virgin Care as chair.

Juliet Bauer was this month formally named UK managing director of digital healthcare provider LIVI.

James Ormonde has been appointed business development director at Graphnet. Ormonde was previously sales director at Orion Health for 10 years.