A struggling mental health trust has announced that it has made its interim chief executive a permanent appointment.

Michele Moran joined Humber Foundation Trust as chief executive on secondment in September, weeks after the CareQuality Commission rated the trust “inadequate” for safety.

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New Humber FT chief executive Michele Moran

The watchdog gave the trust an overall rating of “requires improvement”.

Ms Moran replaced David Hill, who resigned to shortly after the trust was issued with a CQC warning notice over the inappropriate use of rapid tranquilisation and seclusion.

Mr Hill, who was formerly chief executive of Guildford Borough Council, left the mental health trust in May to become joint chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils.

Announcing her permanent appointment as chief executive at Humber, Ms Moran said she was thrilled to be entrusted with the role.

She added: “My ambition is to integrate our services and provide outstanding round the clock care for the area’s 600,000-plus population, ensuring its distinct communities are always at the heart of everything we do.

“I am determined to promote the trust and the brilliant work of our most important asset – our loyal and dedicated staff, who I promise to do my utmost to support at all times.”

Ms Moran spent four years as chief executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, which was taken over by neighbouring Greater Manchester West FT in January.

Humber lost out on a five year, multi-million contract for community health care after East Riding CCG awarded it to community interest company City Health Care Partnership in November.

The trust, which had been providing the services, launched a High Court bid to halt the procurement process before withdrawing the action within two weeks.