WORKFORCE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed Dorothy Hosein as its chief executive.

Ms Hosein will take up her position at the struggling trust with immediate effect after spending the last few months as interim chief operating officer.

Ms Hosein has experience in leading trusts facing major performance challenges. She was previously chief operating officer at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust. She has also been operations director at Royal Free London Foundation Trust.

She replaces interim chief Manjit Obhrai. 

King’s Lynn has faced a number of challenges. It has been in breach of its operating conditions since January 2012, and was placed into special measures by Monitor in October 2013.

In September this year the Care Quality Commission recommended that trust remained in special measures.

Monitor also announced it had appointed a “contingency planning team” to consider the trust’s long term future.

The FT regulator Monitor announced it had appointed a “contingency planning team” to consider the trust’s long term future.

Trust chair Edward Libbey said “We know that we have further improvements to make at the hospital to continue to enhance the quality of care we provide for residents of West Norfolk, therefore the trust is delighted that Dorothy Hosein will be leading us through this next phase of that journey.

“Dorothy’s strong background in transforming services for the benefit of patients will be invaluable as we look to shape our services around the needs of our local community.”

Ms Hosein said she was “delighted” to take on the role.

“I am very much looking forward to working closely with our commissioning partners, staff and partners to ensure the hospital continues to provide high quality, safe and compassionate care and that we continue to implement improvements where required, ensuring the best possible experience for our patients,” she added.