WORKFORCE: North Bristol Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Andrea Young, NHS England’s regional director for the South of England, was appointed last week. She was previously chief executive of South Central Strategic Health Authority.

HSJ understands she beat two other shortlisted candidates who are already hospital chief executives.

North Bristol Trust chair Peter Rilett scotched talk of a merger of the trust with University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust earlier this year.

In April he announced the board would move forward with the appointment of a substantive chief executive after the Bristol Acute Services Review concluded “any organisational change involving integration between [the trusts] would be premature at this time.”

Director of nursing Marie-Noelle Orzel has been interim chief executive since the departure of Ruth Brunt, who was also an interim since Sonia Mills left in 2010.

In April it was announced that Monitor would investigate whether a “service swap” between North Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol was anti-competitive.

The exchange has seen head and neck services centralised at the latter and urology and breast care centralised at the former.

North Bristol has missed A&E targets since the start of the year and NHS England figures appear to show it missing the 95 per cent target for 2012-13.