Lance McCarthy has started work as interim chief executive at Hinchingbrooke Hospital following the resignation of Dr Hisham Abdel-Rahman.

Mr McCarthy is on a six-month secondment from North Middlesex University Hospital, where he has been deputy chief executive for more than four years, while the hospital trust searches for a permanent replacement.

Mr McCarthy has worked in the NHS for more than 20 years in hospitals in a variety of general, performance and strategic management roles.

A spokesman for Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Lance is passionate about the NHS, healthcare and the provision of high-quality care for all, regardless of background and location.

“He is looking forward to leading on further developing high-quality services for local people, building on what has already been achieved and pushing Hinchingbrooke forward towards its aim of becoming a top ten hospital.”

Former chief executive Hisham Abdel-Rahman stood down in August, but will continue to practice at the hospital as a consultant gynaecologist.

Dr Abdel-Rahman joined the hospital in 2000 and was appointed as chief executive in February 2014, under the stewardship of private healthcare firm Circle.

When Circle withdrew from its contract to run the hospital, in April, Dr Abdel-Rahman oversaw its return to NHS management.