A primary care trust chief executive is taking part in a job swap with the local police chief as part of a collaboration aimed at improving healthcare in the area.

A primary care trust chief executive is taking part in a job swap with the local police chief as part of a collaboration aimed at improving healthcare in the area.

Tracey Baldwin of Haringey teaching PCT in London was taken on police operations during the week-long swap while Haringey police commander Simon O'Brien spent time in the local NHS.

They will also swap jobs with the head of the local further education college and the local authority in an endeavour to make Haringey 'a place of choice' for residents.

Ms Baldwin said: 'With the job swap we are actually taking over the running of the organisation and finding out what the pressing issues are and how they are tackled by other organisations.' The scheme is already having an impact on patient care. Instead of police leaving a drunk person at the scene, they now contact a special clinical team to reach that person before they end up in accident and emergency.