WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has resigned with immediate effect, just weeks after the organisation’s chair also stood down.

Paul Sly, former chief executive of the Dorset primary care trust cluster, led Dorset Healthcare since February 2012. He will be replaced as chief executive on an interim basis by Ron Shields, former Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust boss.

Dorset Healthcare has been subject to regulatory action by Monitor since April over concerns management were not tackling quality concerns and had not effectively integrated the community services the trust took on in 2011.

Mr Shields will join interim chair Sir David Henshaw in attempting to turn round the struggling mental health and community services provider.

In a statement Sir David said Mr Sly had led the trust “through a very difficult period with the coming together of” Dorset Healthcare and the PCT’s provider arms.

“He has been a highly respected colleague with total commitment to the trust and the people it serves and has made a major contribution on a range of areas. On behalf of the trust board I would like to thank Paul for all that he has done in his time with Dorset Healthcare,” Sir David added.

He said Mr Shields’ priority would be to “lead the development of a clear and compelling strategy for all of our services”.