WORKFORCE: Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has appointed Christopher Long as its chief executive.

He replaces Phil Morley, who stepped down as chief executive in April. The NHS Trust Development Authority had around the same time appointed Sir Ian Carruthers to review the trust’s board, amid allegations of bullying and harassment by senior staff.

Mr Long will take up his post in the autumn. He is currently director of NHS England’s Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear area team.

Prior to that, he was chief executive of the former Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust for seven years, and executive director of operations at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. He served in the army for 12 years before joining the NHS.

Keith Hopkins, the trust’s interim chair, said he was “delighted to be welcoming Chris to the trust”.  

“Chris has worked extensively within the health service, during which time he has developed a wealth of skills and experience which we believe makes him the ideal candidate for this important role,” he said.

Mr Long acknowledged in a statement that the trust had “experienced a number of difficulties lately, and the operating environment in which the NHS as a whole finds itself at the moment is very challenging”.

“Having previously worked in Hull for a number of years, I know that the hospital staff here do some truly amazing things, and that this trust has the potential to move from good to great.”