• Hayley Citrine takes over as chief executive of The Walton Centre FT
  • She joined the trust in 2014 and was most recently director of nursing and operations
  • Previous chief Chris Harrop announced departure last year

The director of nursing and operations at a specialist trust in the North West has become its new chief executive.

Hayley Citrine has taken over at The Walton Centre Foundation Trust, a specialist neurosciences trust in Liverpool, following the departure of Chris Harrop, who held the post since 2014 when he was also appointed from within.

Hayley Citrine

Hayley Citrine said she wants to build on the trust’s national reputation

Mr Harrop’s move to the Mersey Internal Audit Agency was announced last year.

Ms Citrine started her career in the NHS in 1985. She has held a variety of clinical posts at South Manchester University Hospitals Trust, Salford Royal FT, Warrington and Halton Hospitals FT and East Lancashire Hospitals Trust.

She joined The Walton Centre in 2014 as executive director of nursing and quality, with her brief being extended in 2016.

Ms Citrine said: “The Walton Centre is a fantastic trust, which is rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. I want to build on the trust’s national reputation to further improve care for our patients.”

The Walton Centre is one of five distinct specialist providers in Liverpool, while the two acute trusts also provide some specialised services.

Besides Liverpool Women’s FT, which is expected to be acquired by the acute trusts, there are no merger plans between the other specialist providers.

Trust chair Janet Rosser said: “With Hayley at the helm, I believe The Walton Centre will be forward focused, securing our future position in the local and national health economy.

“It’s reflected in her work to promote innovation and new ways of caring for patients, and also in her work with neighbouring NHS trusts to provide joined up care. She shows a great depth of understanding of the wider NHS, which will allow her to lead the trust in the right direction during ever changing circumstances.”