Heather Lawrence OBE is to leave Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and start a new role supporting London’s NHS trusts in achieving foundation status.
The former nurse has been chief executive at the London trust since May 2000. She is due to leave in the summer and until then will divide her time between the trust and her new duties with the capital’s strategic health authority NHS London.
Ms Lawrence said: “I feel very privileged to have been able to work with so many talented and dedicated staff who have helped make us one of the best performing and highly regarded NHS trusts in the country. This has been a real team effort thanks to staff at all levels of seniority.
“I am proud to have led Chelsea and Westminster over the last 12 years and I am confident that the trust will enjoy continued success under new leadership which will be able to build on the strong foundations provided by the hard work of all staff.”
She was a member of the previous government’s Nursing and Midwifery Commission, which was set up to advise prime minister Gordon Brown on the future roles of nurses and midwives.
She was awarded the OBE in the 2009 new year’s honours list for services to healthcare.