WORKFORCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Tricia Hart is to retire.

She will step down from her role in January. The trust’s director of transformation Siobhan McArdle will act as interim chief executive.

Tricia Hart

Tricia Hart was apointed chief executive in January 2013

Professor Hart has worked at the trust for 11 years, initially as deputy chief executive and director of nursing and patient safety. She became chief executive in January 2013.

Her career in the NHS spans nearly 42 years.

Last month the trust was rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, and also faced further regulatory action from Monitor, following an increase in patients getting infections in its hospitals.

A statement from trust chair Deborah Jenkins said Professor Hart “has made the difficult decision to step down as chief executive… and retire”.

The statement added: “Tricia has travelled to the trust from her home in West Yorkshire, but now she feels she must put her family first.  

“The board of directors acknowledges that we still have more to do but is keen to continue with the work that has started under Tricia’s leadership, particularly focusing on delivering at pace our financial recovery plan and transformation programme.”

Professor Hart was named one of HSJ’s top Clinical Leaders earlier this month.