WORKFORCE: The chief executive of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has announced his resignation with immediate effect.

Tim Smart joined the trust in 2008 and oversaw the trust’s takeover of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley in 2013.

The trust has struggled since the takeover, with a £42.5m deficit and trouble meeting the accident and emergency four hour target at both its sites.

Tim Smart

Tim Smart said it was with ‘sorrow and pride’ that he leaves the FT

Monitor recently investigated the trust because of concerns over patients waiting too long for elective treatments and in A&E.

Mr Smart has not taken another role.

Prior to his resignation Mr Smart was off sick and chief operating officer Roland Sinker has been acting chief executive.

Trust chair Lord Kerslake, who joined the trust at the beginning of April, said: “I am new to the trust, but I know from colleagues and hospital staff that Tim’s contribution over the last seven years has been significant. On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank Tim for his hard work over the years, and strong commitment to patient care, which I know was always his number one priority. He will be missed, and I wish him well for the future.”

Mr Sinker will continue in his role as acting chief executive, and will do so until a permanent appointment is made.

Mr Smart said: “It has been a privilege to be part of team King’s since 2008. King’s is a world leader in so many ways; uniquely, we provide high quality care for local patients, as well as being a tertiary centre for many specialties, and academic medicine. I hope too that we are a more inclusive organisation, which has been an important goal for me.

“I retire from my role as chief executive of King’s with a mixture of sorrow and pride, plus excitement about what the future holds. I shall treasure each and every experience and memory of King’s.”