APPOINTMENT: The chief executive of a London community trust is to leave his post to take up the top role at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust. 

Frank Sims, chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Trust, will take up his role as chief executive at Colchester in December.

Colchester Hospital

Colchester Hospital University FT has been in special measures since 2013

He will replace Lucy Moore who has served as interim chief executive since May 2014.

In 2013 the Care Quality Commission rated Colchester “inadequate” and the trust was placed in special measures.

Following the CQC report, Essex Police launched an investigation into allegations of “manipulation” of cancer waiting list data. The trust was cleared of any wrongdoing in August this year.

Hounslow and Richmond has yet to confirm Mr Sims’ replacement. The recruitment process for a new permanent chief executive has started.

Mr Sims has been chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond since April 2014. Previously he worked for two years as chief officer of High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mr Sims said: “I have faced and successfully managed similar issues to those at [Colchester] and this is part of the attraction of this job. I am pulled by the opportunity and the sense of determination to deliver positive changes, which I have no doubt that the trust will be able to achieve. The chief executive role is a huge opportunity to lead a unique organisation and I am excited by the prospect of being in this role.”

Stephen Swords, chair of Hounslow and Richmond, said: “Frank has made a significant contribution to shaping the future of the trust and further developing local community health services – and the trust board and I are keen to acknowledge his achievements.

“Under his leadership, the trust has progressed to a strong position – delivering high quality services to our patients, building robust relationships with our commissioners and empowering staff to drive key decisions within the organisation. His work has been integral to [the trust] being recognised as one of the top 100 organisations to work for within the NHS.