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27/02/15 15:15

New Chief Medical officer

Dr Catherine Calderwood appointed.

Dr Catherine Calderwood has been appointed as the Scottish Government’s new Chief Medical Officer.

This follows a rigorous and extensive selection process undertaken in accordance with the principles of fair and open recruitment and chaired by a Civil Service Commissioner.

Dr Calderwood is a graduate of Cambridge and Glasgow universities. She is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Most recently, Dr Calderwood has been Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Scottish Government. A consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in NHS Lothian, with a special interest in maternal medicine, obstetric scanning and high risk pregnancy, Dr Calderwood has also held a number of high profile national roles including National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health in NHS England.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr Calderwood will be the chief adviser to Scottish Ministers on a wide range of issues to protect, sustain and enhance the health of the population and foster professionalism and excellence in medical practice in Scotland.

Welcoming the appointment, Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport, said:

“Scotland can be rightly proud of many significant improvements in the health of the population and world leading developments in the NHS and medical practice. This is why the Scottish Government has set such ambitious plans for improving health, reducing inequalities and being at the forefront of delivering the highest quality healthcare through our NHS.

“Catherine’s appointment will build on her already substantial achievements and reputation in Scotland and the UK. I very much look forward to working with her.

Dr Calderwood said

“It is a tremendous honour to have been appointed Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer.

“The role provides huge opportunities to drive forward and improve the health of our nation.

“We have a health service to be proud of and the professionalism and standard of medical practice is second to none. Driving forward further improvements and ensuring we have a health service fit to meet the challenges of the future is a substantial challenge – but something both myself, and I am sure the whole of our health service, is more than ready for.”

Dr Calderwood’s commencement date and further information concerning the appointment will be provided in due course.

Notes to editors

Dr Calderwood lives in Edinburgh and has three children.

The Civil Service Commission is responsible for upholding the principle that selection to appointments in the Civil Service must be on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. See:

The post was openly advertised online and in the national media.

The post of CMO was advertised at circa £125,000 and the salary for the new CMO will be in line with this.