WORKFORCE: University Hospitals of Leicester has appointed Richard Mitchell as chief operating officer.

Mr Mitchell is currently working in the same role at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Foundation Trust and will start work at Leicester in early July.

Before Doncaster he was a divisional head of operations at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London.

While at the Doncaster trust, he has helped to develop a focus on zero harm and reductions in mortality, pathway redesign and improvements in emergency performance.

Mr Mitchell said: “I am thrilled and proud to be joining the trust. It is one of the largest and most admired NHS organisations and I sense real momentum building towards an exciting and high performing future.”