WORKFORCE: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has announced the deputy chief medical officer for England is to be its new medical director.

David Walker, who currently supports the chief medical officer providing independence advice to government on medical matters, will take up the post by the end of the year.

He will replace the current medical director George Nasmyth, who announced his intention to was step down in June.

Dr Walker has been a medical consultant since 1996 and has been an executive director in the NHS for 12 years, including eight as a medical director.

Commenting on his appointment he said: “In this role I will be able to affect what happens on the front line of our hospitals. I think the trust is going in the right direction and share its vision to ensure its hospitals are great places to be cared for; and great places to work.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and working with them to improve standards of care, not just in the hospital, but right across the Morecambe Bay area.”

Trust chief executive Jackie Daniel said she was “delighted” to welcome Dr Walker to Morecambe Bay.

She added: “This is an exciting and challenging time to be joining; his experience will be invaluable as we move forward with our longer term strategy for transformation.”

The post of medical director is full time, so Dr Walker will stand down as deputy chief medical officer.

Morecambe Bay was put in special measures in June following the publication of a critical Care Quality Commission inspection report. An immediate challenge for Dr Walker will be helping the trust implement the action plan which has been developed to turn around the trust’s performance.