WORKFORCE: The nursing director and medical director are leaving Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, it has announced, as it continues to face high-profile service problems.

The trust announced chief nurse Tracey McErlain-Burns was leaving to work with NHS North of England on helping to transfer responsibility for quality assurance across during the commissioning transition; while medical director Professor Tim Hendra is stepping down to “allow him to focus on his existing national advisory roles”.

The announcement came shortly after national media coverage of a report which found serious shortcomings in infection control measures at the trust.

The trust’s chair and chief executives thanked them for their work in a statement.

Dr Richard Jenkins, currently clinical director for medicine, will become acting medical director and Kate Harper, currently deputy chief nurse, will be acting director of nursing and quality. The trust will look to recruit more permanently to both posts later this year.