Dorset HealthCare foundation trust has appointed the former head of HR at Poole borough council as its new director of human resources.

Colin Hague, 52, will oversee the south coast mental health and learning disability trust’s large number of staff with support from an HR team, an occupational health team and a training and development department.

Part of his remit will involve encouraging the development of staff with the aim of continually improving existing services.

Mr Hague, who previously led HR provider services at the London Borough of Havering, said: “I’m delighted and proud to be appointed to the trust - which enjoys an excellent national reputation for high quality care.

“Importantly, the trust board recognises that the success of the trust is achievable only through the skills, commitment and hard work of employees and I look forward to supporting both staff and senior management to maintain and improve on the excellent standards already achieved.”

Dorset HealthCare foundation trust provides mental health, learning disability, addictions, community brain injury and community dental services for most of Dorset.