Prof Julian Redhead will become Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s interim chief executive following Ian Dalton’s move to become chief executive at NHS Improvement.

Currently medical director at the Trust, Prof Redhead will take up his interim role on 4 December.

Trust chairman, Sir Richard Sykes, said: “I’m sorry that Ian has only been able to be with us for a few months but pleased that someone with his skills and experience has agreed to take on the important role of overseeing and supporting NHS providers nationally.

“We have a very strong and capable executive leadership team at the Trust, built up during the three years of Dr Tracey Batten’s leadership and continued under Ian. Our interim leadership arrangements allow us to make the most of our internal strengths and to proceed on our existing course. We will take forward arrangements to appoint a permanent chief executive in the new year.”

Commenting on his departure, Ian Dalton CBE said: “These are challenging times for the NHS and I feel a duty to play my full role in helping trusts across the country to respond effectively, for the benefit of patients and staff.

“I take much valuable insight with me to NHS Improvement from my time at Imperial and look forward to continuing to support the organisation in my new role.”

Commenting on his appointment, Prof Julian Redhead said: “I feel very privileged to have this opportunity and am committed to continuing the positive developments of the last few years, especially in terms of strengthened clinical leadership and wider staff and patient engagement.”

Medical director Professor Julian Redhead will take over as interim chief executive. Dr William Oldfield and Professor Tim Orchard will take over the responsibilities of the medical director. Bill will act as medical director for quality, safety and strategy and Tim will act as medical director for professional development, education and research and will continue as divisional director of medicine and integrated care.