Public appointment: Members appointed to - Lothian NHS Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointments of Professor Amjad Khan and Dr Patricia Cantley to Lothian NHS Board.


Professor Amjad Khan qualified from the University of Dundee and has worked as a GP since 1992. Amjad has been involved in education and training in England and Scotland for the last 20 years. He commenced working at NHS Education for Scotland in 2015, initially as Associate Dean for Quality, and then from 2018 to June 2023 (when he retired) as Postgraduate General Practice Dean for Scotland. Amjad has also had experience in Commissioning and chairing a UK committee for all Primary Care Deans. Amjad received his Honorary Chair from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. He is looking forward to using his experiences of collaborative working and understanding of the NHS environment to contribute to the work of the Board.


Dr Patricia Cantley has worked as a doctor since 1988, at consultant level as a Geriatrician since 1997 in hospitals across Lothian and more recently in NHS Borders from 2022 to 2024. Her special interests professionally include developing Hospital at Home services and alternatives to admission for frail older patients and addressing inequalities in access to care wherever possible. Patricia writes and teaches on the provision of high quality end of life care for people regardless of setting, and served on the Board of Governors for St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh from 2012-2020. Patricia previously chaired the Scottish Branch of the British Geriatrics Society and is a current member of the Council at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, giving the opportunity to see issues at national as well as local level. With a range of experiences as a patient, relative and staff member, Patricia hopes to bring a practical and recent clinical perspective to the Board, with a positive attitude, energy and enthusiasm for improvement.


These appointments will be for 4 years and will run from 1 February 2024 to 31 January 2028.

These appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


These appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £ £9,030 for a time commitment of 52 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Professor Amjad Khan and Dr Patricia Cantley do not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Professor Amjad Khan and Dr Patricia Cantley have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Lothian is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the 850,000 population across Lothian and works closely with local authorities and third sector partners in providing an integrated system of community-based health and social care across East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian. They also provide some services for patients in the Borders and in Fife and are a national centre of expertise for some specialties provided to people across Scotland. 

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