A former chief executive has been appointed as chairman of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

Eric Morton took up the £40,000 a year role on 1 May replacing Louise Scull who stepped down earlier this year after 12 years on the trust board.

Mr Morton was appointed chief executive at the former Mid Staffs Foundation Trust in 2009 shortly after the publication of the damning Healthcare Commission investigation which exposed the poor care at the trust under its former leaders. Mr Morton was appointed as a turnaround chief before leaving to be replaced permanently by Antony Sumara.

Mr Morton has worked as improvement director for Monitor, now NHS Improvement, and worked at Burton Hospitals, North Lincolnshire and Goole FT, Tameside Hospitals FT and Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT. He was also a chief executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust.

NUH is facing substantial financial challenges and its long-standing chief executive Peter Homa and medical director Stephen Fowlie have both announced plans to step down this year. A planned merger with Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT collapsed last year.

Headline amended on afternoon of 15 May.