WORKFORCE: Jac Kelly has been appointed substantive chief executive at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust after more than two years as an interim.

The appointment was made following a rigorous interview process and interview panel consisting of NHS South of England chief executive Sir Ian Carruthers, an independent assessor and the chair and a non-executive director of the trust.

A formal, external recruitment process to appoint a substantive post-holder was required to comply with the governance requirements of achieving NHS Foundation Trust status.

Trust chair Roger French said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jac on emerging so strongly from a highly- competitive field of applicants. The trust will continue to benefit from Jac’s leadership and vision for improving our service to patients.

“Jac joined the trust as interim chief executive at a challenging time and we have gone on to become one of the best-performing trusts in the South West. Our waiting times are amongst the lowest in England and we have an iron grip on reducing infections such as MRSA.”

Ms Kelly said: “I’m delighted to be able to continue working with such a great team of people. The run up to achieving foundation trust status is an exciting time as it will give people a greater say over their local NHS services.

“My task is to see the trust continue to succeed by providing excellent local services and progressing our aims to deliver joined-up health and social care services to communities across eastern and northern Devon.“