APPOINTMENT: The chief officer of a financially struggling clinical commissioning group is to become interim nursing and midwifery director at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

Maurya Cushlow, chief officer of North Tyneside CCG, will take up the role from 1 April.

She said: “Whilst I appreciate that the trust is facing many challenges with regards to its nursing workforce, I am also aware of how hard the nursing and midwifery teams are working and how committed they are to continually progressing.

“Knowing the tremendous work the staff do every day in what can be very difficult circumstances, I believe we have a real opportunity to work with the success regime to further improve patient care and staff experience.”

The region is one of three in the national success regime programme, which aims to turn around health economies with serious care quality, performance and financial troubles.

Ms Cushlow is a registered nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. North Tyneside CCG is predicting a £19.3m deficit this year and a similar amount next year.

Its future sustainability is also uncertain and it could lose some of its functions to an accountable care organisation. Last year HSJ revealed it had been “advised by NHS England” that it should enter into negotiations with Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust about delivering new models of care based on examples from ACOs.

North Cumbria also has long standing problems and is struggling to maintain services at its major sites and to recruit healthcare professionals.

The current director of nursing, Gail Naylor, is leaving the trust for a similar role at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

North Cumbria chief executive Stephen Eames said: “I would like to thank Gail for her tremendous contributions over the past two years. Under her leadership, many improvements have been implemented in nursing and midwifery.”