PERFORMANCE: Antony Sumara has been appointed as interim chief executive at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.  In a statement trust chair David Wakefield said that the organisation had received “encouraging interim findings from an independent review into sepsis recording at the trust.

“The review was commissioned after a report by Dr Foster…for Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, stated that the rates of sepsis recorded at the Royal Bolton Hospital were unusually high.

“The trust board has been informed that the independent review has found that there has been no inappropriate behaviour or manipulation of data.

“Dr Jackie Bene, who stepped aside when the independent review panel began its work, has requested that she returns in her substantive role as Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive and the Board has been pleased to accept this,” he added.

Commenting on Mr Sumara’s appointment Mr Wakefield said: “Mr Sumara has a national profile comprising varied and extensive experience of leading large and complex NHS organisations. He is an expert in change management support and has worked with several NHS organisations, particularly in the Midlands and London.

“He is from outside the Trust and the region and will bring a fresh approach focussed on the future. He will provide leadership, direction and confidence for the completion of the turnaround.”