The chief executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust has announced he is to step down.

  • Hisham Abdel-Rahman to step down as chief executive at end of August
  • Dr Abdel-Rahman will return to work at Hinchingbrooke as a consultant
  • He oversaw the trust’s return to NHS management from Circle

Hisham Abdel-Rahman has said he will leave his management role at the end of the month, but will return to practice at Hinchingbrooke Hospital as a consultant gynaecologist.

Dr Abdel-Rahman was appointed clinical chair of the hospital in 2012, shortly after the Cambridgeshire provider was franchised by the private company Circle Partnership.

In January the company announced it would be pulling out of its 10 year contract to run the trust, citing an unsustainable financial position.

Hisham Abdel Rahman

Hisham Abdel Rahman oversaw the trust’s return to NHS management from Circle

The announcement came a few hours before the Care Quality Commission rated the provider “inadequate”, and recommended it for special measures, reporting particular concerns about care quality, management and culture at the hospital.

Following a reinspection in Janauary, the CQC in April upgraded the provider’s rating to “requires improvement” but the trust remains in special measures.

After working with Circle managing the trust, Dr Abdel-Rahman oversaw its return to NHS management in April.

Lance McCarthy, deputy chief executive of North Middlesex University Hospital Trust, will be brought in as interim chief executive at Hinchingbrooke until a permanent appointment is made, a trust spokesman said.

Dr Abdel-Rahman said: “I am very proud of my time as chief executive here at Hinchingbrooke and I want to thank all the staff at the hospital for their support and dedication.

“Having secured new investment, services and clinicians, overseen the complex transition from Circle back to NHS management, and with the majority of our CQC action plan complete, I believe the time is right for new energy to lead the hospital now.

“Hinchingbrooke has a positive future, with investment in new facilities under way and the quality of care and services improving every day.

“I am pleased to have been part of the leadership of a new style of NHS management and will use my experience to help support the development of clinical leaders.”