Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer Fran Cousins is leaving the trust this summer to join Deloitte.

Ms Cousins, who has been a board member for 11 years, is scheduled to leave the trust in July to become an associate director at the consultancy’s healthcare practice.

A trust statement said: “Fran will be greatly missed by all those who work with her. Her achievements in her time here are second to none and she has helped take the trust forward in so many ways.

“The timing of Fran’s departure means she will leave behind… a significant and sustainable legacy of improvements. These include leading the implementation of eHospital, the largest electronic patient record system in the country, which by then will be firmly in its optimisation phase.”

Ms Cousins also played a lead role in establishing the West Anglia Cancer Network and was also a key figure in helping the prestigious teaching trust achieve foundation trust status in 2004, the trust said.

Trust chair Jane Ramsey said: “Fran has been a highly valued member of the board and I will miss her greatly. When I first joined the board, I especially valued Fran’s highly effective leadership of the Monitor taskforce and I am sure these same qualities and professionalism will stand her in good stead in her new role.”

Ms Cousins said: “I have so many great memories from my 18 years at Cambridge University Hospitals, and have been privileged to work with many talented people. Whenever I talk to colleagues in clinical or corporate areas, I am struck by their passion and commitment to our patients. It is this commitment that makes CUH a great place and I am proud to have been but a small part of that team.

“In recent years, I have been both a patient and a carer. First-hand experience has shown me what great work we do for our patients. There remains much to do in the next six months and I look forward to working with colleagues in the period to July.”