Former Royal College of Physicians chief executive Patricia Wright is to take over as interim chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Trust. 

Ms Wright will take up her role on Monday, following the departure of previous chief executive Frank Simms who is set to join Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

She served as chief executive of the RCP from 2013 until August this year. Before that she was chief executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust for two years.

Ms Wright stepped down from her role at King’s Lynn in November 2013, following a highly critical CQC report.

Ms Wright said: “As a long serving and committed NHS professional, I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take the helm at this community health trust. 

“Community healthcare and out of hospital services present the opportunity to deliver better care for patients, closer to where they live – and I look forward to the challenge ahead in building on the excellent work and services that the trust provides for the local community.”

Hounslow and Richmond chair Stephen Swords said: “I am delighted to appoint a candidate of Patricia’s calibre as our interim chief executive.  Patricia has a wealth of experience and expertise at the highest level, which will prove an invaluable asset at this important time for the trust.  We look forward to working with Patricia in further developing community health services across the boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond.”

The trust has started recruiting for a permanent chief executive.