Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed University Hospitals of Leicester Trust chief operating officer Richard Mitchell as its new chief executive.

Mr Mitchell started work in the NHS in 2004 from the graduate management scheme and has previously worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’, Imperial College Healthcare and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals.

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Richard Mitchell

He will take over from chief executive Peter Herring, who has been with the trust for the past 18 months as it exited special measures after years of concern and poor ratings from the Care Quality Commission.

The trust was seeking a merger with Nottingham University Hospitals Trust last year but the plan collapsed. Mr Mitchell will face the challenge securing the trust’s sustainability and developing the strategic relationship with Nottingham.

New trust chair John Macdonald, who is also chair of the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, said: “This latest appointment completes the substantive executive leadership team, and so this is a real milestone for us as we continue on our journey towards becoming an outstanding trust.

“Richard’s skills, experience and passion for delivering sustainable improvement are perfect to support us on our journey. He has an excellent track record of leading major change within the NHS.”