WORKFORCE: NHS South East Coast regional director of provider development Steve Phoenix is to leave the strategic health authority in September.

Mr Phoenix was moved to the SHA from his previous role as chief executive of NHS West Kent in September 2010, as part of regional transition arrangements.

NHS South East Coast chief executive Candy Morris announced Mr Phoenix’s departure for the Middle East in a in a letter to SHA staff on 9 May.

She said: “Steve will be leaving to take up a senior role leading the delivery of reform in healthcare in Qatar, in the Middle East. This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for Steve and a testament to his experience and expertise, gained during his 31 year career in the NHS.”

Ms Morris added: “Steve has been in his current role with the SHA since September last year. 

“In this role, as well as in his previous role as chief executive of NHS West Kent and chair of the South East Coast PCT Alliance, Steve has been an instrumental part of the regional leadership team and he will be much missed by colleagues within the SHA, across the region and nationally.”

Ms Morris said she was “currently looking at cover arrangements” for Mr Phoenix’s role from September and promised to keep staff informed.