WORKFORCE: Jan Sobieraj has been appointed chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

Mr Sobieraj, who is currently managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy, will take over from interim chief executive Kevin Turner. The trust has yet to confirm Mr Sobieraj’s start date.

The acute trust, which runs four hospitals in the county, has had a troubled recent past, being placed into special measures in 2013 following the Keogh review into trusts with persistently high mortality rates.

Jan Sobieraj

Jan Sobieraj said he was ‘very aware of the challenges the trust faces’

United Lincolnshire came out of special measures in March, after the Care Quality Commission decided the provider had improved its accident and emergency, surgery and outpatient services.

Before running the Leadership Academy, Mr Sobieraj was managing director for NHS and social care workforce at the Department of Health from July 2011.

Previously Mr Sobieraj ran a number of NHS organisations, including Sheffield Primary Care Trust and Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust.   

Jane Lewington, United Lincolnshire’s previous substantive chief executive, retired last month.

Trust chair Ron Buchanan said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, I am delighted to announce Jan will be joining United Lincolnshire as our new chief executive.

“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.”

Mr Sobieraj said: “I am delighted to be joining United Lincolnshire. 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 the trust and the wider NHS faces. This creates a great opportunity for staff and patients, and it will be a privilege to lead United Lincolnshire during this time.”