WORKFORCE: Matthew Hopkins has taken on the role of chief executive at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust on a permanent basis.

Mr Hopkins joined the trust in April on a secondment from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.

He said: “In the three months I have been at the trust I have seen for myself the dedication of the staff and the enormous amount of potential for change.

“There is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of patients who come through the doors of Queen’s and King George hospitals every year.

“Over the coming months I will be making sure that we are getting the basics right so we can build a successful health system for the local population.”

The trust’s interim chairman Dr Maureen Dalziel said: “I am absolutely delighted that Matthew will be staying with us. This is a very important time for the organisation as we work to deliver our Improvement Plan, and the Board and I are confident that Matthew can lead the necessary transformation of this Trust in the interests of our patients.”

Since starting at the trust Mr Hopkins has overseen the publication of the trust’s improvement plan and called a halt on the deadline for the closure of emergency services at King George Hospital.