• Second successive interim CEO for troubled acute trust
  • Tony Chambers will be on a fixed-term contract to April 2021

A troubled north London trust has appointed another interim chief executive before it forms a new provider group with a neighbouring trust.

HSJ has learned Tony Chambers, former chief executive at Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, will take up the role at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust in January on a fixed-term contract to run to April 2021.

He will replace Chris Bown who has been interim chief executive at the trust since August 2018.

BHRUT has struggled with quality and performance for several years and had a major collapse in its finances in 2017.

The trust will next year start looking for a substantive chief executive to take over running both BHRUT and its neighbouring mental health trust, North East London FT.

The two trusts are in the process of forming a group structure with a shared chair, Joe Fielder, who has been in the joint post since November 2017, and a shared chief executive. The two trusts will still have independent boards of directors. NELFT is currently also run by an interim chief executive, Oliver Shanley.

BHRUT will also soon have another new finance director, after Nick Swift announced he would stand down after just 14 months in the post. He said “he should be held to account” for the trust failing to deliver savings quickly enough.

The trust said Mr Chambers will join from the Northern Care Alliance in Salford where he was working on strategic digital projects. Prior to that, he was chief executive at the Countess of Chester Hospital FT, but stepped down in September 2018 amid a police investigation into eight deaths in its neonatal unit.