One of the NHS’s biggest hospital trusts has appointed a new chief executive.

Clive Kay has taken the top job at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s top teaching trusts, but which has in recent years been arguably the most troubled NHS provider.

HSJ reported last month that Professor Kay - currently chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust - was being lined up for the King’s role.

The London trust has now officially confirmed Professor Kay will take up the new post in April. He has led the Bradford FT since 2015, before which he was its medical director.

King’s has a projected year-end deficit of more than £140msignificant performance issues and has been in financial special measures since December 2017.

Professor Kay, a radiologist, replaces Peter Herring who was interim chief executive from May 2018, after the departure of Nick Moberly.

Professor Kay said in a statement: ”I am leaving many wonderful colleagues not only in Bradford Teaching Hospitals, but throughout the entire local health and care system in Yorkshire and Humber.

”However, I am looking forward to joining the team at King’s and working alongside all its outstanding and highly committed staff. I feel immensely proud and privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead such a prestigious organisation.”

A new director of nursing has also been appointed at King’s. Nicola Ranger takes up the role of chief nurse nursing and midwifery director at the end of July, leaving from the same role at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust.