WORKFORCE James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Christine Allen as its new chief executive.

Ms Allen, currently deputy chief executive at Northampton General Hospital Trust, will replace David Hill, who has held the post on an interim basis since April.

Ms Allen has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and will take up the post in the summer.

The trust has suffered a string of critical reports from the Care Quality Commission and Monitor over the last two years but was given a clean bill of health by regulators in December.     

It was placed in significant breach by Monitor after the CQC expressed concerns in November 2011 about nutrition standards and management of patient risk.

Monitor concluded the trust did not have adequate processes in place to identify and address risks.

The trust was removed from significant breach of its terms of authorisation, having made “substantial improvements to the way it deals with risks to patients” in December 2012.