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HSJ reported a number of leadership changes on Wednesday across trusts, CCGs and STPs.

Most notable was Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG chief officer Tracy Dowling leaving to be chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust.

She will take over in “the summer” from Aidan Thomas who is retiring.

Simon Worthington, finance director and deputy chief executive at Bolton FT, is becoming finance director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Mr Worthington joined Bolton in 2013 after an investigation revealed recurrent savings had been “misreported” when a planned surplus turned into a £2m deficit in 2011-12, increasing to £14m in 2012-13. The deficit was reduced to £8m in 2013-14, with surpluses achieved the following years.

His new boss, Julian Hartley, said: “Simon has an enviable reputation among his fellow finance directors and brings with him an excellent track record in terms of his achievements at Bolton.”

Finally, David Pearson, chair of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust, has been appointed interim chair of the area’s STP. NHS England has struggled to recruit a permanent chair since John MacDonald stepped down last November.

All action CQC

The number of enforcement actions taken against hospital providers in England by the Care Quality Commission increased by 133 per cent over the last year.

Details of the figures were revealed in the CQC’s 2016-17 quarter four year-end performance report, which will be presented at the regulator’s board meeting on Thursday.

The report shows that in 2015-16 there were 58 enforcement actions taken against providers in the CQC’s hospitals directorate, which includes NHS acute and mental health trusts, independent sector hospitals, ambulance services and community health services.

In 2016-17, it took 135 enforcement actions against the hospital sector – an increase of 133 per cent.

Of these, 116 were warning notices; two were fixed penalty fines; 13 involved urgent action requirements; and four were non-urgent cancellations of registrations.