WORKFORCE: Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust has appointed Mark Easton as its interim chief executive.

He will take up his position on 1 May after completing a handover with outgoing chief executive Michael Scott, who is leaving to head Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Mr Easton has had 10 years’ experience as a chief executive, including at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust and Brent and Harrow primary care trust. He has worked across community services, acute hospitals, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and mental health organisations.

Trust chair Ken Applegate said: “I am delighted that we have appointed somebody of Mark’s calibre to this interim role.

“With his experience of leading a range of NHS services, and his clear drive to create health and social care integration, he is perfectly placed to help our trust deliver its own strategy to join up local services for the benefit of our patients, and to progress towards foundation trust status.”

Mr Easten said he was “really interested in the delivery of seamless patient care which brings together community services with social, primary, and acute services”.  

“I know that NCH&C has made big strides in this area and I’m keen to enable the trust to keep up the pace”.

The trust is currently recruiting substantive chief executive.