The first members of the leadership team at the NHS’ flagship covid-19 treatment centre have been revealed.

Charles Knight, a consultant cardiologist and current chief executive of Barts Health Trust’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital, will be Nightingale Hospital’s chief executive. 

Matthew Trainer, who is being seconded from his role as Oxleas Foundation Trust chief executive, will serve as the deputy chief executive of the field hospital based at the London Excel Centre

HSJ understands other top management personnel are being seconded in from other organisations, while University College London Hospitals FT’s HR director Ben Morrin and Royal Marsden FT’s chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan have some role in the new centre.

The hospital, one of three confirmed so far in England, is currently being converted into a facility with hundreds of beds, up to a reported capacity of 4,000.

Last week, NHS trust chief executives in London were asked to source staff to man the facility.

Staff from easyJet and Virgin airlines are also being offered work at the centre alongside NHS staff, it was reported over the weekend.

The other field hospitals are slated to appear at Manchester Central Conference Centre and Birmingham’s NEC.