WORKFORCE: Jim O’ Connell is to take over as the new chief executive at Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, now run by private company Circle.

Mr O’ Connell is currently interim chief operating officer at Salisbury Foundation Trust, and is a former national director of leadership at the Department of Health.

The recruitment process involved a group of more than 60 staff, patients, local politicians and volunteers.

Mr O’ Connell said: “Much of my career to date has been devoted to developing strong teamwork, so I’m completely sold on Circle’s belief in driving excellence through employee ownership.

“The task of turning a hospital into one of the top ten in the country is enormous, but the plan that the staff and Circle have drawn up to achieve this is truly groundbreaking. I can’t wait to get started.”