WORKFORCE: Neil Goodwin has stepped down as interim chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals ahead of the planned arrival of a replacement from neighbouring Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.

NCUH reported in July that Northumbria’s chief operating officer Ann Farrar would replace Dr Goodwin as interim chief executive on 13 August, in anticipation of its planned takeover of the Cumbrian trust.

However, on 16 August NCUH issued a statement saying that it had agreed to provide “additional assurance” on “queries identified” during the due diligence Northumbria had undertaken ahead of the acquisition.

“As these matters are progressed further in the next few weeks, the new management arrangements previously announced, whereby an interim CEO from Northumbria begins work at the Trust, can get underway,” it continued.

In the meantime, NCUH deputy chief executive Alistair Mulvey will serve as acting chief executive.

The trust added that Dr Goodwin had left his role on 25 July, but was continuing to act as an advisor to the trust on the planned acquisition.