Monitor has appointed Hugo Mascie-Taylor as its new medical director and executive director of patient and clinical engagement.

Dr Mascie-Taylor is the former medical director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, and has been working as a trust special administrator to determine the future of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. He was also medical director at the NHS Confederation.

A Monitor spokesman confirmed that Dr Mascie-Taylor would start work on a part-time basis on 1 May, but would continue his work on the administration of Mid Staffs, “providing as much input as is necessary, until the trust is dissolved”.

His role is a new addition within Monitor’s organisational structure. In the role Dr Mascie-Taylor will be responsible for providing clinical advice to the board and executive on a number of issues including reconfigurations, interventions and transactions, and for ensuring Monitor gets input from clinicians and patients when making decisions.

Dr Mascie-Taylor said today: “I’m pleased to be joining Monitor and will work hard to make it as effective an organisation as possible.

“My role will include advising the board on clinical issues to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of patients.”

Monitor chief executive David Bennett added: “Hugo brings with him a wealth of clinical experience and has served at the highest levels within NHS trusts and at a national level. He will ensure that we continue to put patients at the heart of what we do and I look forward to working with him.”