WORKFORCE: Paula Head has been appointed as the new chief executive of Sussex Community NHS Trust.

She will take up the post in April and succeeds Andy Painton, who stood down in October 2012 because of ill-health.

Ms Head, who has a background in pharmacy, is currently director of transformation at Frimley Park Foundation Trust. She has previously held board-level positions with Kingston Primary Care Trust and Berkshire East PCT.

Sussex Community chair Sue Sjuve said: “In making the appointment, we were impressed by her commitment to quality, to clinical leadership and staff ownership, to partnership working, but most of all to offering excellent care to the patients and wider communities we serve.”

Ms Head said: “My approach is to create a vision, inspire others to express this in their own terms and then translate this into tangible service and health outcomes.

“I’ll want to build upon our progress at SCT and ensure we achieve our full potential as we work to achieve our goal to become an NHS foundation trust.”