NHS Barking and Dagenham has appointed Stephen Langford as its new chief executive.

Mr Langford has been interim chief executive of the organisation since July 2008.

His appointment was announced by NHS Barking and Dagenham chair Maureen Worby.

Ms Worby said: “It’s a tribute to the reputation of NHS Barking and Dagenham that we attracted a number of high quality applications, but Stephen’s stood out. He’s been outstanding in his interim role, so I am delighted he is joining us as an employee.”

Stephen Langford said: “We’ve set ourselves challenging targets, especially in the area of health improvement - like supporting more people to give up smoking and making sure children get the vaccinations they need, so there are exciting times ahead as we work to meet these and make sure we deliver world class health services in Barking and Dagenham.”

Stephen Langford joined the NHS in 1983 as a clerical officer in the medical records department at Lewisham Hospital. He has been involved in significant reviews that have shaped national policy implementation, such as the National Programmes Review, and innovative programmes such as implementing telehealth.