WORKFORCE: The former chief executive of London Ambulance Service Trust has temporarily taken over at Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust to cover the current chief executive’s sick leave.

Ann Radmore will cover for Kate Grimes on an interim basis from 14 September.

Ann Radmore

Ann Radmore will start at Kingston Hospital in September

Monitor announced last month it is investigating the south west London FT over its £8.8m deficit and long waits in its accident and emergency department.

Ms Radmore left the London Ambulance Service in January. The ambulance service has consistently struggled with poor response times.

She took up the role of director of the better care fund at NHS England in February and will be leaving this role to temporarily lead Kingston FT. No one has been appointed to replace Ms Radmore yet.

The better care fund has had two directors in the space of a year.

Ms Radmore was previously chief executive of the South West London group of primary care trusts.

Kingston Hospital chair Sian Bates said: “Ann has a huge wealth of experience across the NHS and will be a great asset to the board and executive team over the next few months. Ann and the executive team will lead the work to improve our financial position and continued improvements in our A&E performance and provide assurance to our regulator Monitor in both of these areas.”

Ms Radmore said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Kingston Hospital as the interim chief executive. I have previously worked closely with the trust during my time as chief executive of NHS South West London and have seen for myself the progress made over a number of years. I am looking forward to using my local knowledge together with my wider London and national experience to support the trust over the next few months. I am particularly looking forward to getting out and about in the hospital to meet the staff and patients and learn more about the organisation.”