WORKFORCE: The deputy chief executive and chief operating officer of Imperial College Healthcare Trust is leaving, HSJ can reveal.

Steve McManus has been chief operating officer at the central London, Shelford Group trust since 2012 and deputy chief executive since 2014.

The news began to circulate on social media earlier this week.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Imperial has recently closed a consultation with staff on proposed changes to its management structure aimed at further devolving authority and responsibility to frontline staff. This forms part of the trust’s on-going work to implement new and improved models of care that will enhance quality and financial sustainability at all levels of the organisation.

”Under the planned new, flatter structure, the majority of the responsibilities of the chief operating officer will be allocated across three clinical divisional directors who previously reported to the chief operating officer. These clinical divisional directors will report directly to the chief executive and will be full members of the executive management team. Their corporate level responsibilities will include delivery of operational performance standards and initiatives.

“The trust is extremely grateful for the work Steve McManus has done as chief operating officer over the past three years, including successfully establishing the clinical divisional structure, turning around cancer care performance and leading the Trust’s implementation of service reorganisation for north west London. Steve is currently finalising arrangements for his next role.

”The detailed outcome of the consultation will be shared with staff over the next few days.”