THE ‘quietly effective’ chief executive of NHS East Lancashire, Steve Spoerry, has left his post.

It comes a week after its chairman Kathy Reade left her post to pursue a career as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter.

Mr Spoerry has been credited with helping steer the local NHS through recent cost-cutting programmes.

He has worked as an NHS manager since 1985, and was in post for the past two years.

He will continue within the NHS, but his next position has not yet been announced.

He said: “I leave the PCT and East Lancashire at a time when the NHS is going through a considerable period of change.

"The skill, dedication, tenacity and goodwill of staff will ensure that patients will experience safe, sound and high-quality care, as they rightly expect, throughout this period of change.”

Bob Huntbach, chairman of NHS East Lancashire, said: “It is a sad day for the NHS in East Lancashire.

“Over the last two years he has made a significant and positive contribution to the NHS in East Lancashire.

"He is a quietly effective and considered individual.”

NHS East Lancashire covers Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.