New chief exec appointed at Lincolnshire hospitals trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Jan Sobieraj as its new chief executive after Jane Lewington stepped down in August.

Jan will take over from Kevin Turner who is acting chief executive.

He is currently managing director at NHS Leadership Academy and has over 24 years experience in the NHS, of which 13 years have been as chief executives for various organisations including an acute hospital trust and a commissioner.

One of his other roles was as chief executive for South Lincolnshire Healthcare NHS Trust from 1997 – 2001.

Ron Buchanan, trust chairman said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, I am delighted to announce Jan will be joining ULHT as our new chief executive. Jan brings a wealth of leadership experience across a diverse range of organisations in the NHS including national roles.

“ULHT has made significant progress in improving the quality and safety of care over the last two years. We need to continue to do this and transform services alongside our partners.

“Jan’s proven capabilities will be crucial in leading the organisation through the next stage of its development in an increasingly challenging environment for the NHS.

“Since Jane Lewington retired, Kevin Turner, acting CEO, has been doing a great job and has been capably leading the Trust in an interim capacity and will continue until Jan formally joins us.”

Jan Sobieraj said: “I am delighted to be joining ULHT. I have previously worked in Lincolnshire and the great staff and people in the county were a big draw in taking the job.

“I am very aware of the challenges ULHT and the wider NHS faces. This creates a great opportunity for staff and patients, and it will be a privilege to lead ULHT during this time.

“I look forward to playing a vital role in improving services, and working with committed, hardworking staff, patients and partners in changing hospital services for the better.”