• David Throssell has held role since 2012
  • Interim chief executive describes him as a champion for patient care

The medical director of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust is to retire at the end of January, it has been announced.

David Throssell has been in the role since 2012, following three years as deputy medical director. Prior to this, he was clinical director for renal services for seven years, after joining the trust as a nephrologist in 1996.

The trust said Dr Throssell was “instrumental” in driving developments in renal care.

Kirsten Major, interim chief executive, described Dr Throssell as a “relentless champion for patient care” and a “highly-respected doctor”.

“We will also miss his wisdom, calmness and humour and wish him well in what I’m sure will be an active retirement from the trust,” Ms Major said.

Tony Pedder, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, added: “I am very sorry we will lose David’s truly excellent leadership and experience. He is an esteemed medical director who is rightly respected and admired at local, regional and national level.”

The trust confirmed recruitment for the role will begin immediately.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals chief executive Andrew Cash also announced his retirement earlier this year after four decades in the NHS. Despite interviewing for the role the trust has yet to appoint a replacement.