A chair designate has been appointed for one of the largest primary care trust clusters in the country.

Jeff Zitron, formerly chair of NHS Hammersmith and Fulham, has now been confirmed as chair of the north west London cluster, which covers eight PCTs and 1.8 million people.

There are three sub-clusters, each with their own chair designate.

Marcia Saunders will cover the role for Brent and Harrow PCTs, Peter Molyneux will cover Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, with Mr Zitron also chairing the Hounslow, Ealing and Hillingdon sub-cluster.

NHS London interim chair Mike Spyer said: “I welcome the appointment of Jeff Zitron as chair designate of the north west London cluster. This appointment very much builds on the development of the cluster, which began last year under the interim chair Peter Molyneux. Jeff will provide additional support, leadership and scrutiny for local decisions during a challenging time for the NHS.”

Mr Spyer added: “As well as driving up the quality of patient care and services, the cluster will support new GP consortia and make sure the NHS spends its money as effectively as possible. I am sure that Jeff will make a valuable and positive contribution to helping shape the future of the NHS in north west London.”

In other London appointments news, NHS Harrow and NHS Brent’s chief executive is leaving his post to take up a role of leading Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital Trust.

He will replace interim chief executive Paul Hawkins at the beginning of May.

Mr Easton was previously chief executive of NHS Brent and interim director of strategy for NHS London.

Former Barnet and Chase Farm chief executive Averil Dongworth left the role to lead Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.