WORKFORCE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive to succeed Stuart Bain when he retires in March.

Chris Bown will take on the role for a year. He was most recently interim managing director of County Hospital in Stafford, before Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was dissolved in November.

Previously he was chief executive at Poole Hospital Foundation Trust and prior to that he ran West Suffolk Trust for 10 years.

Mr Bain was diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago and announced his retirement from in August last year.

East Kent was placed in special measures last year following a Care Quality Commission inspection that found there was a shortage of staff in the accident and emergency department and concerns over the trust’s culture which prevented staff from whistleblowing.

Trust chair Nicholas Wells said: “Chris has been appointed for a period of one year. This will give our trust the stability of leadership which will be important as we strive to make substantial progress with our CQC action plan, resolve the operational challenges we face and, over the summer, take our strategic plans into public consultation. In this way, [East Kent] should be able to make significant progress and hopefully come out of special measures which will greatly assist the process of recruiting a substantive chief executive, which we will resume in 2016.
“I believe Chris will provide the high quality leadership that [the trust] requires for its next phase of development and I am greatly looking forward to him joining us on Monday 23 March.”