MUSEJI Takolia CBE is taking a second shot at one of the county's toughest jobs.

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) has confirmed the re-appointment of Mr Takolia as chairman of Wye Valley NHS Trust - charged with leading the trust out of special measures.

Appointed in June last year, Mr Takolia barely had time to assess the role before a damning Care Quality Commission report on Hereford County Hospital lead to the imposition of special measures.

He has headed up a trust board that has approved the the implementation of a range of initiatives intended to improve both conditions and services.

Mr Takolia said he was "delighted" at his re-appointment despite challenging times for the trust.

"We now have a strong team leading the organisation through the improvements required as part of our plans to get the Trust out of special measures and to build a more sustainable future.

The trust is already closely with the TDA and partners including University Hospitals Birmingham, to support service improvement.

Mr Takolia previously served two terms on the national boards of the former regulator of the NHS in England (the Commission for Health Improvement) and OFSTED.

With experience of local government, he has also worked in management consultancy and was a senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office.

His re-appointment as trust chair runs until May next and comes with remuneration worth £18,621 a year.