New interim board chair joins Lincolnshire hospitals trust

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A new interim chair of the board has been appointed at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Elaine Baylis will join the board of ULHT for a year, while still retaining her current position of chair at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

She will take over from departing ULHT chair Dean Fathers and will take up her official duties from January 1, 2018.

Elaine has over 30 years of experience working in the public sector in Lincolnshire. With a background in policing, her career in the force culminated in the role of assistant chief constable with accountability for service delivery.

She was also the independent chair of the Lincolnshire Adults Safeguarding Board from 2012 to 2016 and has been chair of LCHS since April 2015.

Elaine said: “I have had the privilege of serving as a non-executive director and latterly chair within Lincolnshire’s health system for a number of years and understand the challenges we face in providing excellent health services.

“From the individuals and families I have met during this time, I also know how important these services are within our local communities.

“I look forward to using my experience in meeting patients and supporting staff members at ULHT to play a full and active part in continuing to bring its vision for providing excellence in rural healthcare to life.”

NHS Improvement will review the process for appointing a permanent chair of the trust in the New Year.