DORSET Healthcare says it has strengthened its leadership team with two new appointments.

The trust has welcomed Steve Hubbard as director of strategy and business development.

Steve, who has over 30 years of experience in health and social care services, will be responsible for developing and delivering the trust’s strategic objectives, helping its vision of personalised, integrated and local care become a reality.

Dorset Healthcare chief executive Ron Shields said: “I’m delighted to welcome Steve to this new role.”

Steve added: “I’m thrilled to be joining the trust at such an exciting time and I look forward to bringing together my NHS and independent sector experience to benefit staff and patients.”

He is the second new arrival after Nicola Plumb was appointed as director for organisational development and participation.

The trust is set to make further permanent appointments during the course of the summer.