A hospital boss has taken a job as chief executive of a nearby mental health trust.

Matthew Trainer has run Princess Royal University Hospital, part of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust, since November 2016 but has been confirmed as the new chief executive of Oxleas FT.

He will take up the post at the south east London community and mental health provider in October.

Oxleas FT is part of the South London Partnership with two other mental health trusts – South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust and South London and Maudsley FT. The partnership has seen the trusts collaborate to provide forensic services as well as make savings in procuring services, including legal advice.

The organisation has a turnover of £245m and runs services from more than 100 sites across the capital. In 2013 it took over the running of Queen Mary Hospital, Sidcup, when South London Healthcare Trust was dissolved. It provides some services from the site but mainly acts as a landlord to services provided by Dartford and Gravesham Trust, King’s College Hospital FT and Guy’s and St Thomas’ FT.

Mr Trainer succeeds Ben Travis as chief executive at Oxleas. Mr Travis became chief excutive of Lewisham and Greenwich Trust, also in south London, in April this year.

Mr Trainer has previously held senior roles at the Care Quality Commission and the MS Society.