Mary Dunne has been appointed director of nursing, quality and patient services at Frimley Park Hospital, succeeding Jenny Rodgers when she retires in June.Mrs Dunne is currently director of nursing and deputy chief executive at Bournewood Community and Mental Health trust.

Dr Janet Field, who has held management posts in both health and social services, has been appointed research fellow in public-private partnership at King's College, London.The post, funded by Westminster Healthcare, has been set up to help explore new working relationships across healthcare agencies.

Alan Carpenter has been appointed chief executive of the newly formed Somerset Coast primary care trust.Mr Carpenter was chief executive of Somerset Coast primary care group.

Douglas Pattisson has been appointed chief executive at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare trust.Mr Pattisson, who has been acting chief executive for the past six months, was previously director of corporate development at Kettering General Hospital trust.

Kate Billingham, formerly senior research fellow at the Institute of General Practice and Primary Care at Sheffield University, has been appointed assistant chief nursing officer at the Department of Health.

Adrian Chubb, formerly head of Nottingham Community Health trust, has taken over as chief executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, following the retirement of Mike Handy.

Nigel Woodcock has been appointed chief executive of the new North Cumbria Mental Health and Learning Disabilities trust.He was formerly chief executive of North Lakeland Healthcare trust, on secondment from his substantive post as chief executive of West Cumbria Health Care trust.

Richard Brook, currently chief executive of the Christian Alliance Housing Association, will take over as chief executive of mental health charity Mind in mid-June, replacing Judi Clements.