New chief executive chosen for Lincolnshire hospitals trust

Jan Sobieraj, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Officer.
Jan Sobieraj, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Officer.
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Jan Sobieraj has been appointed new chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The appointment follows the retirement of Jane Lewington in August. Mr Sobieraj will take over from Kevin Turner who is acting chief executive.

Mr Sobieraj is currently managing director at NHS Leadership Academy. He 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 to 2001.

His varied career at a senior level enables him to have a good understanding of the importance of leadership across the health and social care system and the value of properly engaging staff, patients and the public, which he is fully committed to.

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.”

Mr 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”.