WORKFORCE: Matthew Kershaw has been appointed as chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust.

Mr Kershaw will join BSUH in the spring. Until then interim chief executive Chris Adcock will remain in post.

Since July 2012 Mr Kershaw has been acting as the health service’s first trust special administrator, a role which has involved reviewing the struggling South London Healthcare NHS Trust. His final report backing the break up of the trust was published last week.

He has previously been chief executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Health’s national director for provider delivery.

Julian Lee, chair of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, said: “Matthew’s track record demonstrates that he is an effective, visionary leader and undoubtedly the person to direct the next chapter in the BSUH story.

“Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals is a young and dynamic teaching hospital with a number of extremely exciting developments planned and already in train; not least the £420m redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital campus which involves the replacement of some of the oldest buildings in the country which still house wards and clinical services.”

Mr Kershaw added: “This is a crucial time for the trust and I look forward to working with patients, staff, the board and our key partners in the medical school and across Brighton, East and West Sussex in leading the Trust to its next stage of development.”