The chief executive of Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, which came out of special measures last year, is leaving to take up a national role overseeing the governance of other NHS trusts.
Anne Eden took on the £160,000-a-year post, which includes responsibility for Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in 2006.
In July 2013, the trust was placed into special measures following a damning report which highlighted concerns over the trust’s management, low staffing levels, poor morale, a ‘blame culture’ and a lack of empathy over patient complaints.
It was taken out of special measures in June 2014 after inspectors concluded the it had made significant improvements.
Ms Eden was praised by health minister Jeremy Hunt who said she had done ‘an excellent job in extremely difficult circumstances’.
Trust chair Hattie Llewellyn-Davies said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Anne for her focus and commitment to the staff and patients at Buckinghamshire Healthcare over the past eight years.
“She has transformed the organisation and ensured that delivering safe and compassionate care is central to the way we work.
“It has been a real pleasure working with Anne and we will miss her greatly.
“I wish her all the best in her new post and look forward to continue working with her in the future.”
Neil Dardis, the trust’s chief operating officer and deputy chief executive, will become interim chief executive from April 1.
Ms Eden said: “It will be a huge wrench to leave Buckinghamshire, but I feel privileged to accept this role and the opportunity to gain a different perspective of the NHS at a national level and to share my own learning and experience is one that I could not let pass me by.
“I am so proud of the staff and all that they have achieved.
“They have made the trust a strong, resilient organisation and I am confident that it will go from strength to strength.
“I will continue to live in the area, so they will never be far from my thoughts.”
Sir Peter Carr, chairman at the NHS trust development authority said: “I am delighted that Anne has decided to join our board.
“She brings with her a wealth of experience as the chief executive of Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust.
“During her time at the trust, she has overseen significant improvement in the quality of care provided to patients and in 2014 led them out of special measures.
“I am confident that she will be a real asset to all the NHS trusts in the south as they work towards a sustainable, high quality future.”