WORKFORCE: Mark Davies has been appointed improvement director at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

He will check progress at the trust, which was placed under special measures by Monitor in November, after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission inspection found cancer patients’ records had been changed to fit with waiting time targets. The inspection team also found evidence that staff were pressured to manipulate data.

Mr Davies was appointed by Monitor and will report directly to the regulatory body.

He was previously the chief executive at seven NHS trusts, most recently at Imperial College Healthcare.

Monitor regional director Adam Cayley said: “Mark Davies brings extensive NHS experience to this role, in particular a track record of successfully leading some of the most challenged organisations in England.”

Colchester subject to both a formal police investigation and independent investigation commissioned by the trust, over the allegations against it. 

NHS England also carried out a review into the quality and safety of cancer services at the trust. In a report released in December it found cancer services were “unsafe” in five areas.

The report identified “a number of serious failings in cancer services organisation management”.

NHS England plans to review every cancer case at the trust since April 2010.