A new boss has been announced for a health trust in north London after her predecessor stood down two months ago.

Sir David Sloman, one of the longest-serving chief executives in the NHS, announced he was to be stepping down from his role at the Royal Free London group (RFL) in December.

Caroline Clarke was today announced as the RFL’s new Group Chief Executive - She has been at the Royal Free London as deputy chief executive for the past seven years.

She first joined the Royal Free Hospital as a finance trainee in 1991.

The RFL is made up of Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

Dominic Dodd, chairman of the RFL, said: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted that Caroline has agreed to become our new chief executive.

“We all look forward to working with her as she leads the Royal Free London into the next chapter in its history.

“It is a huge compliment to our staff that we were able to attract and choose between a strong field of candidates.”

Ms Clarke, as Chief Executive, will be expected to ensure the performance of the group.

Ms Clarke said: “I am delighted and honoured to have this chance to lead the RFL and to build on the amazing work that we do here.

“We have over 10,000 of the most committed, brilliant staff that I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. Together we can continue to make a huge difference to the communities and to the lives of the patients we serve.

“I am looking forward to working with our key partners and stakeholders to do just that.”

The previous Group Chief Executive, Mr Sloman said last month when he stood down: “I have loved every minute of my time at the Royal Free London where I have been fortunate to have worked alongside some of the very best staff in the NHS.

“Their devotion and commitment to improving the lives of patients is unrivalled.

“I am leaving the trust in the most capable of hands and would like to wish everybody associated with the Royal Free London every success for the future.”