WORKFORCE: Peninsula Community Health chief executive Kevin Baber is to join Plymouth Hospitals Trust as chief operating officer.

Kevin Baber was previously managing director of community services at NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and led its spin out to a social enterprise in 2011 under transforming community services. A nurse by background, before joining NHS Cornwall he was general manager at the Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital.

Trust chief executive Ann James said: “I am really pleased that Kevin has accepted this role with us. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a variety of roles in the healthcare sector, which will be extremely beneficial to our Trust. As we seek to transform our services, working with other organisations in health and social care to take a more integrated approach for the benefit of patients, Kevin’s experience will stand us in good stead to help shape real change.

“I also want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Richard Best, who has stepped up and shown enormous commitment to leading the operational management of the Trust during his time as acting chief operating officer.”