East Midlands strategic health authority has been told to determine within three months whether leadership changes need to be made to the board of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

The recommendation is made in the summary of an independent review into allegations of bullying and harassment made against the SHA by former trust chair David Bowles.

The SHA has been fully cleared by the DH following the review, which was led by former SHA chief executive Neil Goodwin.

The summary, published by the Department of Health this afternoon, says the “departure of the trust chairman provides an opportunity to refresh the leadership of the trust board”.

Mr Bowles was suspended from his post in July having told the SHA and the Appointments Committee that he intended to resign and subsequently left the trust.

Trust chief executive Gary Walker has been on leave since July.

The report says a decision about the “capacity and capability” of the trust’s non-executive directors, and the executive team, needs to be undertaken “as soon as possible” by the SHA and Appointments Commission.

“We believe three months is sufficient time for the SHA to decide whether it has confidence in sustained improvement being delivered, or if further leadership changes are required,” the report authors said.