Sandra Phillips started a three-month secondment as acting head of comms with the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) at the beginning of the year.
She replaces Ruth Davison, who was acting head of comms for six months before joining the National Housing Federation as director of campaigns and neighbourhoods last year.
The NPSA is currently going through an extensive restructure and is expecting to recruit a permanent comms chief this spring.
In the meantime, Phillips will oversee the 20-strong team, reporting to the organisation’s acting CEO Bill Murray.
The NPSA works as a health service advisory body on patient safety.