WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Birmingham Women’s Foundation Trust is to stand down.

Ros Keeton announced her intention to step down earlier this month after three years leading the West Midlands specialist trust.

Birmingham Women's Hospital

The trust has secured a planning application for a £70m redevelopment

Professor Keeton said it was the right time to depart, with the trust recently securing a planning application for a £70m redevelopment to build a new clinical block and refurbish some of the main hospital building.

Last year the trust also formalised an agreement with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust to explore co-location at Birmingham Women’s Edgbaston site to create the UK’s first women and children’s hospital.

Professor Keeton said: “The trust has a very strong management team who can continue my work, and who are committed to making sure that the future merger with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, for which I have worked so hard over the last few years, will be completed efficiently.”

She added: “On a personal level, I want to take advantages of the many opportunities open to someone with clinical chief executive’s experience.”

Elizabeth Buggins, Birmingham Women’s chair, said the resignation has been accepted with “real regret but we understand her decision”.

“We have begun the process to consider our options to ensure Ros’ legacy is built upon. 

“The fact that she has built a strong management team, completely committed to ensuring the smooth running of the hospital while her replacement is chosen means patients will see no difference in the services offered by the hospital.”

The trust said it would issue a statement once the board had appointed Professor Keeton’s successor.