• Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is taking the “necessary time” to recruit a new leader
  • Deputy chief executive Kirsten Major will step in as interim chief executive

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has not apppointed a new chief executive, after interviewing last month.

The trust has now given itself until autumn to find a candidate that “meets its aspirations”, HSJ has learned.

HSJ understands that the trust interviewed for the role last month, but a candidate has not yet been appointed. The number of interviewees is not known.

In a statement, chair Tony Pedder said: “We are fortunate to have a strong executive team and so the board feels it is in a position where we can take the necessary time to ensure we recruit a chief executive who fully meets our particular needs and aspirations.”

Deputy chief executive Kirsten Major will step in as interim chief executive and lead the trust after Sir Andrew Cash retires at the end of this month, Mr Pedder confirmed.

Sheffield FT’s outgoing chief executive Sir Andrew Cash announced his retirement earlier this year after four decades in the NHS and 16 years leading the trust.

Sir Andrew will continue to have a significant role in the region’s NHS, working as part time chief executive of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw integrated care system.

Of the 10 Shelford Group trusts, only Sheffield and King’s College Hospital FT are currently led by interim chief executives.