Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust has appointed a new chief executive after its last one left and launched an unfair dismissal claim.

Jackie Daniel, who has been acting as interim chief executive at the trust, was also formerly the chief executive of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District General trust in Shropshire.

Experience

Ms Daniel is a qualified nurse with 27 years' experience in the NHS and has recently led change programmes in Coventry and Warwickshire.

She was tasked with producing an action plan to turn around the troubled trust, which scored weak for quality of services and fair for use of resources in this year's annual health check.

Modern services

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Daniel said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take on the chief executive role at this exciting and important time in the trust's development.

"I am looking forward to carrying on working with colleagues in the trust, partner organisations and our service users and carers to ensure that, together, we continue to modernise our services and further improve the patient experience."

Innovation and passion

Trust chair Wyn Dignan said: "Jackie comes with an excellent track record.

"She has already demonstrated to us that she has the strategic vision, the innovation and the passion for focusing on the need to deliver excellent mental health services to the people of Manchester.

"I am very confident that she will prove to be a popular and successful leader."

Sheila Foley

Ms Daniel replaces Sheila Foley, who joined in April 2007 but left in July this year, and in October launched an employment tribunal claim.

The trust faced a wave of strike actions last November, led by trade union activist Karen Reissmann, who had spoken to the press about her concerns over services.