• Shane DeGaris leaving Hillingdon Hospitals FT to join Barts Health Trust
  • Takes up deputy role at east London giant in the autumn
  • Has led west London trust for six years

The chief executive of a London trust is leaving to take up a deputy chief executive role at Barts Health Trust.

Shane DeGaris is leaving Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust after six years in the role to be second in command at the east London giant.

Hillingdon Hospitals FT has a turnover of £253m and is rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission.

Barts Health Trust is still in financial special measures, employs 11,000 staff and has a turnover of £1.5bn. In 2017 the CQC changed its rating from ”inadequate” to “requires improvement”.

Barts has been led by former east London commissioning boss Alwen Williams since June 2015.

Mr DeGaris will take up his new post in the Autumn and Hillingdon Hospitals has started looking for a new chief executive.

Trust chair Richard Sumray said: ”Shane has done a fantastic job in leading the trust over the last six years and I, and the board, want to congratulate him on his appointment to this significant and challenging new role.

“We are grateful for all his hard work at the trust, not only in ensuring that our services are delivered to the highest possible standards but for his significant contribution to developing better healthcare across the whole of north west London.”

The trust had considered making a bid to take over West Middlesex University Hospital but decided not to enter a process that eventually saw it taken over by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital FT.