King’s College Hospital has appointed an interim chief executive.
Peter Herring began the role at the NHS foundation trust on Wednesday, May 9.
Interim chairman Ian Smith said: “With over 35 years’ experience of working in the NHS, I am very pleased that Peter is joining King’s.
“His passion for patient care and public health is coupled with a proven track record of strong leadership, performance improvement and financial expertise that will strengthen the existing leadership team.
“He will play a pivotal role in moving the trust onto a more robust and sustainable financial and performance footing.”
Mr Herring’s last chief executive role was interim chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHSFT where he helped move the trust out of special measures. Previously he has been chief executive at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, and Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
In December, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chair Lord Bob Kerslake resigned days before the trust was placed into special measures for finance by NHS Improvement.
The regulator said the financial situation of the trust had “deteriorated very seriously over recent months” – although Lord Kerslake blamed its struggles on an historic lack of funding.
The trust has launched its search for a permanent chief executive officer.