North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust has appointed Julie Gillon, former chief operating officer and interim CEO, as its substantive chief executive.

Ms Gillon, who joined the trust in 2002, has been interim chief executive for the last year after former CEO Alan Foster was seconded to lead the region’s integrated care system.

The trust’s chairman, Paul Garvin, said: “After due consideration, Alan has announced that he will be standing down from his position with the trust in order to focus his attention fully on the system leadership for the integrated care system.

“We must now focus on the complexity of the challenges facing us over the coming years and the need to have permanency and certainty at a senior level as we move forward.”

Ms Gillon, who started her NHS career as a nurse, said: “I am looking forward to continuing the work I have been leading on over the last 12 months.

“As an organisation we are committed to making the journey from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.

“With the work of the integrated care partnership, there is a recognition that the NHS needs to work differently by providing more care in the community and working collaboratively with neighbouring organisations.”