WORKFORCE: The west London hospital trust, one of the largest in the country, announced it was appointing Mr Davies permanently this morning.

The former head of provider development at NHS London has been interim chief executive since May 2011, after the trust’s descent into deficit.

Mr Davies has substantially re-modelled the executive team at the Shelford Group trust since his arrival.

Bill Shields was appointed chief financial officer from the finance director post at NHS South West while Kevin Jarrold was appointed as chief information officer from a similar post at NHS London.

Strategy director Brendan Farmer is the latest appointment, in January, from consultancy Capgemini where he was vice president and head of health consulting.

The interview panel comprised NHS London chief executive Dame Ruth Carnall, Imperial chair Sir Richard Sykes, rector of Imperial College London Sir Keith O’Nions and Sir Thomas Legg, the vice chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Sir Richard Sykes said: “Mark Davies is absolutely the right man to lead the Trust as it faces significant challenges.

“Since his appointment in May he has had a substantial impact on the way the Trust operates including improving its financial position while maintaining the high clinical standards expected of our organisation.

“Mark truly believes in innovation and translational research as drivers to improve patient care. He played a major role in bringing about the creation of the Academic Health Science Centre and in the coming months he will be instrumental in its evolution and the establishment of an effective wider North West London alliance through the Academic Health Sciences Partnership.”

On appointment Mark Davies said: “I am absolutely delighted to join the Trust on a permanent basis.

“Whilst recognising the significant challenge the Trust currently faces, it is a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop the tripartite mission of the AHSC. This is to bring together in a coherent way education, service and research to dramatically improve the care and treatment of patients locally, nationally and internationally.

“This is a tough time for the NHS however I remain very optimistic about the future. I have been struck by the quality of staff we have at the Trust in particular their ability and enthusiasm to constantly strive to improve services for patients and to change the way we think and act.”