• Nicola McQueen will take up post in September
  • Has previously worked for BBC and Department of Work and Pensions

NHS Professionals has appointed a new chief executive.

The company, owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, has appointed Nicola McQueen. She will take up the post in September.

Ms McQueen has previously worked at the BBC and the Department of Work and Pensions.

NHS Professionals chair Stephen Collier said: “Nicola is ideally suited to the role, being identified as the best in a very strong field of candidates. Nicola has a strong background in the flexible staffing sector, a real commitment to effective delivery of services to clients, and solid experience of running change programmes.”

Ms McQueen added: “I am both delighted and honoured to be taking up the CEO post at a time when workforce strategy within the NHS is arguably more important than it has ever been.”

NHS Professionals works with 55 NHS trusts to try and reduce their reliance on agencies to cover medical and nursing rota gaps.

In September 2017, the government backtracked on plans to sell the organisation to the private sector, saying none of the bids it had received had reflected its value properly.

The most recent published accounts for the company, for the year to March 2018, showed profits before tax of almost £12m, while it supplied staff to cover 35.7 million hours of work. Both figures are increases on the previous year.