• Former NHS England chief executive appointed permanent chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust
  • Comes after appointment of new CEO
  • Term will run until 2023

Sir David Nicholson has been appointed permanent chair of a troubled hospital trust, HSJ can reveal.

The news comes after a period of leadership flux for Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust. Both the last chief executive, Michelle McKay, and the last chair, Caragh Merrick, resigned after less than two years in their roles.

The former NHS England chief executive was appointed to the role of chair at the trust in May last year on an interim basis. A report to the trust board meeting this Thursday reveals Sir David has now been appointed permanently to the role.

In addition to Sir David, the trust has attracted several high profile recruits recently, including former University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust chief executive Dame Julie Moore as an associate non-executive director, and former Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins as its new chief executive, starting later this month.

Worcestershire Acute has a long history of governance, performance and financial difficulties.

It is currently running a large deficit, adverse to budget, remains in quality special measures and has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission.

Paul Brennan, the trust’s acting chief executive, said: “I am delighted that David will continue to bring his expertise at both national and regional level to the trust.

“This is David’s local health and care system and he understands the landscape and the improvement journey the trust is on. In the time he has been with us he has demonstrated his absolute focus on improving patient care, making sustainable quality improvements and getting the trust onto a stronger financial footing.”

Sir David’s term at the trust runs until 2023.