The former boss of the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been told she faces jail after admitting fraud.
Paula Vasco-Knight changed her plea to guilty to one of the two charges of fraud at Exeter Crown Court.
The court heard that she paid her husband more than £11,000 from NHS funds to make a publication about equality. The publication was never produced.
Vasco-Knight, who was a nurse, became the deputy chief executive at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being appointed as the CEO at the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust which runs Torbay Hospital. She stepped down in 2014.