STRUCTURE: The chief executive of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals FT has resigned from the troubled hospital after five months on sick leave.

Chief executive Nik Patten had been on paid sick leave since 24 May 2011. Earlier this month Monitor found the FT to be breaching the terms of its authorisation due to poor financial performance.

The trust’s director of human resources and organisational development Louise Barnett has been acting as interim chief executive since Mr Patten went on sick leave. Ms Barnett will remain in post while the trust seeks to appoint a full time replacement.

A statement from the foundation today said Mr Patten “has left the trust to pursue career opportunities elsewhere”.

The statement said: “Nik joined the trust in 2007 and has been instrumental in negotiating the opening of the new hospital and state-of-the art facilities offering regional services to a population of approximately 350,000. Nik also took the lead in the delivery of a very challenging cost improvement programme.

“The trust recognises the contribution that Nik has made during his time with the organisation and wishes him every success in his new career.”