• Chief information officer left Oxford University Hospitals FT earlier this month
  • The trust said he chose to resign but gave no further details
  • Since April 2018 two other executives have left the trust

The chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust has written to staff to say its chief information and digital officer has left the trust.

An email to staff from Dr Bruno Holthof, seen by HSJ, did not explain why Peter Knight has departed, but says he left on 6 September and interim arrangements have been made.

It is unclear if Mr Knight, who was a board executive, served a notice period.

A spokesman for the trust said: “Peter Knight chose to leave the trust and tendered his resignation. It is not our policy to comment on individuals’ decisions. The trust is considering how best to fill the vacancy”.

Mr Knight joined from the Department of Health and Social Care where he had been deputy director for research contracting, information intelligence and stakeholder engagement.

At the time of his appointment in August 2016, the trust said he would be accountable for developing and delivering a comprehensive information technology strategy. OUHT was named a global digital exemplar in September 2016.

Two other board executives at the trust have also been replaced since April.

Clare Dollery has been appointed acting medical director this month, replacing Dr Tony Berendt who retired. The trust has confirmed this role will be filled on a permanent basis by Professor Meghana Pandit from January 2019.

Sara Randall has been the acting clinical director since August 2018 when she replaced Paul Brennan. The trust said he left to work with the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

The trust is also actively seeking a new chair to replace Dame Fiona Caldicott who is stepping down in March 2019 at the end of her second term.

In July 2018, NHS Improvement imposed enforcement actions on OUHT for failing to meet national performance and financial targets.

The email from Dr Holthof added: “I will take responsibility for the project management office which we have established to drive forward delivery of plans for priority areas included in the enforcement undertakings which the trust board has agreed with the regulator, NHS Improvement.”