WORKFORCE: East Midlands Ambulance Service has appointed a former strategic health authority director as its new chief executive.

Phil Milligan, who joined the NHS as a nurse in 1977 before entering general management in 1990, will take up his new post on 1 December.

For the past year he has been director of performance and provider development at NHS West Midlands. Prior to that he has performed at a director level at several acute hospitals including Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust, Good Hope Hospital Trust and Heart of England Foundation Trust.

EMAS chair Jon Towler said: “Phil has a strong track record of building a cohesive team, delivering change and ultimately improving patient care. It is these strengths that will help us improve what we do here at EMAS and enable us to deliver ambulance services and care that local people can have confidence in and be proud of.”

Former chief executive Paul Phillips retired suddenly in May this year, a month before it was announced the trust was to be fined £5m for failing response time targets. Professor Tamar Thompson served as interim chief executive for three months before deputy chief executive David Farrelly took over at the beginning of September.

Mr Milligan said: “I’m really excited about taking up this role and helping EMAS attain the high levels of performance and standards of clinical care that people deserve. I’m also looking forward to helping the organisation achieve foundation trust status – an important milestone for the trust.”