East Sussex Hospitals Trust has appointed a chief executive.

Darren Grayson has been appointed as the permanent chief executive of the trust with immediate effect, after taking on the role in an interim capacity on 1 April.  

Mr Grayson, who has worked in the NHS for more than 20 years, was previously chief executive of NHS Brighton and Hove.

He said “The NHS is going through a period of significant change as it adapts to increased public expectations in a new era of financial constraint. In such times East Sussex deserves hospitals that strive to be the best, and my role as chief executive will be to deliver precisely that.”

Trust chair Irene Dibben said: “During his time as interim chief executive, Darren has shown good leadership qualities and an excellent insight into the challenges facing the trust. I wish him every success in this vital role as the organisation moves forward in the months and years ahead.”

Mr Grayson replaced Kim Hodgson, who stepped down on 31 March after five years as chief executive of the trust, and who was credited with successfully tackling historic debts and performance issues.

East Sussex Hospitals Trust was registered in April by the Care Quality Commission without conditions.