Matthew Kershaw, who has lead the failure regime process at South London Healthcare Trust, is to take up a chief executive post at a large teaching hospital in the Spring.

Mr Kershaw has been appointed by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, where he will succeed Duncan Selbie who was announced as chief executive of Public Health England last year.

Mr Selbie had led the trust for five years and it is poised for a major rebuild, with the trust awaiting Treasury sign-off on £400m of capital funding.

The £574m-turnover teaching hospital trust has been ear-marked as a specialist tertiary centre for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

HSJ understands Mr Kershaw was appointed after Brighton and Sussex failed to select a candidate from its first round of interviewees.

South London Healthcare Trust is the first in the country to be placed in the failure regime, under legislation brought in by the previous Labour government, and Mr Kershaw has led the gruelling seven-month process of both managing the £441m-turnover organisation while scoping, costing and testing solutions to the problems the organisation faced.

After starting the process in July the initial report was produced in October which recommended the trust be dissolved and, controversially, neighbouring Lewisham Hospital be stripped of some services, including A&E.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt must make a decision on the report in early February.

Before taking up the special administrator role Mr Kershaw spent nearly two years as the Department of Health’s director of provider deliver, responsible for pushing trusts through the foundation trust authorisation process.

Prior to that he was chief executive of the high-performing Salisbury Foundation Trust for two years, having joined from the position of chief operating officer at East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust.