The NHS Litigation Authority has a new chief executive.

Catherine Dixon has taken over from Steve Walker, who left at the end of March.

Ms Dixon arrives a month after a mental health trust became the first NHS body to leave the NHSLA’s Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts risk-pooling arrangement.

She comes to the NHSLA from her previous role as general counsel and company secretary at the NSPCC and has previously been a commercial director at Bupa.

In a statement Ms Dixon said: “I am delighted to join the NHS Litigation Authority, an organisation which makes a major contribution to patient safety. The NHSLA already provides a unique and highly professional service to trusts in England and to the broader NHS.

“I am joining at an exciting time of change during which there are opportunities to further improve the value of the NHSLA’s services to its members.”