The hunt has begun for a new chief executive for the Yorkshire and Humber strategic health authority.

The hunt has begun for a new chief executive for NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.

The job was advertised last week following the sudden departure of Margaret Edwards, who moved last month to head the new NHS productivity unit, which has not yet been formally launched.

NHS East Midlands chief executive Barbara Hakin is running two strategic health authorities simultaneously, after stepping in to lead Yorkshire and the Humber during the interim.

Tasks awaiting the new chief executive will include establishing a close relationship with the region’s three big hospital trusts in Hull, Leeds and Sheffield.

They will also have to keep an eye on high MRSA levels at Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust and watch progress at Healthcare Commission double-weak rated Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare trust.

Possible candidates

No candidates have said publicly they are planning to apply for the job, but there is speculation in the region that people including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals foundation trust chief executive Andrew Cash, Sheffield primary care trust chief executive Jan Sobieraj, Hull PCT chief executive Chris Long and Barnsley PCT chief executive Ailsa Claire would stand a chance if they decided to throw their hats into the ring.

HSJ understands the recruitment process is likely to be speedy should a suitable candidate be found. The SHA said the recruitment process was being handled by an external agency, so it could not comment on the process in advance of the deadline.

See www.HSJjobs.com to see the advertisement.