Just two of the chief executive jobs running eight new primary care trusts in the West Midlands, the former fiefdom of new NHS chief executive David Nicholson, have gone to incumbent chief executives.

Just two of the chief executive jobs running eight new primary care trusts in the West Midlands, the former fiefdom of new NHS chief executive David Nicholson, have gone to incumbent chief executives.

Just one successful applicant has been named, Sophia Christie, the new chief executive of Birmingham East and North, currently chief executive of North Birmingham PCT. Six posts are out to advertisement.

Mr Nicholson was chief executive of Birmingham and the Black Country strategic health authority from 2003 until June this year, and took over West Midlands South and Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA for eight months.

Both Mr Nicholson and West Midlands SHA chief Cynthia Bower introduced 'fitness for purpose' policies, before it became national policy, when Ms Bower was managing director of Birmingham and the Black Country SHA.

North West SHA has named the seven PCT chief executives appointed to run new organisations: Mark Wilkinson, Mike Pyrah, Leigh Griffin, David Peat, Kathy Doran, Rebecca Burke-Sharples and Trevor Purt.