The top boss at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath is leaving the trust after three years.
Matthew Kershaw, the Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH), which also runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton will be leaving at Christmas to take up the role of Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
Amanda Fadero, deputy chief executive will take up the position until a replacement is recruited. s
Mr Kershaw said: “I am really looking forward to the new challenge and opportunities but it is with very mixed emotions that I am leaving BSUH.
“The past three years have been both the most challenging and the most rewarding of my career and in that relatively short time we have achieved such a great deal.
“After more than a decade in the planning we achieved the relocation of neurosurgery from Hurstwood Park to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
“Last month we secured formal approval of the final business case for the 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
“I am also very proud of our values and behaviours programme which is the biggest investment in staff engagement and cultural change that the trust has ever made.
“Of course it has also been a very challenging time, for BSUH and across the NHS as a whole, and I am disappointed to be leaving at a time when we are, I believe, on the brink of emerging into a period of recovery and stability.
“BSUH is a team made up of thousands of extraordinary, talented and brilliant people who it has been an absolute pleasure to work with and alongside and I will miss everyone very much.”
Julian Lee, chairman of the trust thanked Mr Kershaw for his ‘unwavering and resolute’ commitment to the trust.
He said: “I would also like to take this opportunity to wish him well in his new role as Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
“Following Matthew’s departure our deputy chief executive Amanda Fadero will act as interim chief executive whilst the board and Trust Development Authority (TDA) undertake a full recruitment process for a substantive successor.
“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Amanda’s experience and integrity to take over the leadership of the organisation at such a crucial time.”
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