WORKFORCE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn FT has appointed a new chief executive.

A statement from the trust announced that Patricia Wright has been appointed as the new chief executive and is due to take up the post in November.

The statement said: “She joins the trust after an extensive career in the NHS, initially as a pharmacist but progressing through senior management roles within the NHS and rising to become chief executive of NHS Kensington and Chelsea in 2009. More recently she has worked as a specialist healthcare consultant.

“Ms Wright was selected for the post following an extensive interview process that included formal presentations and informal meetings with the board of directors, members of the Foundation Trust Governors’ Council and members of QEH staff. She fills the post vacated in September by Nerissa Vaughan, who has taken up a new appointment as the Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.”

Ms Wright has also worked as chief operating officer at West Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust, director of operations at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust in Surrey and strategic commissioning director of NHS North West London.

Chair Queen Elizabeth FT Kate Gordon said: “We are delighted to welcome Patricia to King’s Lynn. She has a wide experience in NHS operational roles. She is a strong leader and extremely patient-focused, with a clear vision of the opportunities available to take us forward to the next stage of our development as a foundation trust.”