WORKFORCE: Imperial College Healthcare Trust has appointed a new strategy director.

Ian Garlington joins the teaching hospital from Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust. He replaces former director of strategy Brendan Farmer.

Earlier this year Imperial lost out to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust to be preferred merger partner for West Middlesex University Hospital Trust, which has declared it is not viable as an independent organisation.

Commenting on the appointment, Imperial chief executive Mark Davies said: “Ian is joining us at an important moment in the trust’s development. We have made a number of important improvements to the trust’s services and internal organisational structures in the past two years.

“We now need to build on this as we continue to work hard to improve the quality of care and treatment that all the patients at our hospitals receive, whilst moving towards foundation trust status and working closely with our external partners to improve the way health services are organised and delivered across north west London.”