APPOINTMENT: The chief executive of a specialist children’s hospital is leaving to lead a neighbouring acute foundation trust.

Simon Morritt, who has run Sheffield Children’s Hospital FT for the last five years, will take up his new role as chief executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital FT later this year.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal is part of an acute care collaboration vanguard

He succeeds Gavin Boyle, who became chief executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals FT in March.

A Chesterfield Royal spokesman said: “[Mr Morritt] brings with him more than 25 years’ NHS experience within hospital, primary care and strategic health environments and has plenty of knowledge of the surrounding area having worked in Doncaster, Wakefield and most recently Sheffield.”

The £210m-turnover trust, which employs 3,500 staff, has close links with the two tertiary centres in Sheffield. It is also a member of the Working Together vanguard with six other acute trusts in south and west Yorkshire, which is planning more joint working to make key services sustainable and deliver efficiencies.

The trust also has ties in the East Midlands including plans with Derby Teaching Hospitals for joint provision of pathology services across Derbyshire.

Mr Morritt joined the NHS as a general management trainee in Greater Manchester in 1989. Previous positions have included chief executive at Doncaster Central Primary Care Trust, director of performance at West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority, and chief executive at Bradford and Airedale PCT for five years until 2011.

A spokesman for Sheffield Children’s Hospital said it was grateful for his “significant contribution” in the role and it had begun recruitment for a new chief executive.