WORKFORCE: Plymouth Hospitals Trust acting chief executive Helen O’Shea has announced she will be leaving to take up a new role in Jersey.

Ms O’Shea, who has been acting up in the role since the departure of Paul Roberts a year ago, will be managing director for the acute hospital, ambulance service and health and social care estates for the Island of Jersey.

In a statement she said she was sad to be leaving but an “opportunity has arisen for me which I could not let pass by”.

Two recruitment processes have failed to appoint a permanent chief executive at the trust.

The latest of these was abandoned earlier this month due to an “insufficiently strong” field of candidates. The trust also has three vacancies for non-executive directors after the previous post holders resigned in protest over the appointment of a new chair.

The trust is due to submit its foundation trust application in October. Finance director Joe Teape has been tasked with developing a five-year clinical strategy and site development plan over the next six months.

Financial services and performance director Sarah Brampton has been named acting finance director and Chris Cale, currently deputy director of finance at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, has been appointed deputy director financial services.