The Department of Health has begun advertising for the chief executive of new combined provider regulation body NHS Improvement.

Jeremy Hunt announced the name of the new combined regulator, which will bring together Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority, in a speech yesterday.

The body will be chaired by Ed Smith and Lord Ara Darzi will be a non-executive director, the health secretary said.

He expected a new chief executive to be appointed to the body in September. Mr Smith will lead the recruitment process.  

Monitor’s current chief executive, David Bennett, last month confirmed he would not seek to take on the joint position.

The advert for the role says the chief executive will “play a pivotal role” in delivering “the vision to put a constant drive for efficiency alongside consistent safety and quality at the heart of all NHS organisations” and “will be a dynamic leader with the skills required to bring greater alignment between the two organisations”. 

“We are looking for an exceptional candidate who can understand frontline healthcare and deliver transformational change within a very complex environment,” it says.

“The individual must have proven integrity and the track record to command the confidence and trust of NHS staff, NHS England and the Government.”

The deadline for applications is 3 August.