WORKFORCE: The chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has announced she is to retire.

The chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has announced she is to retire.

Jane Lewington will be stepping down from her post in July.

Ms Lewington joined United Lincolnshire in 2010 as director of strategy and performance before becoming chief executive in December 2012.

The East Midlands trust has struggled with a number of governance, staffing and care quality issues.

The provider, which runs four hospitals in Lincolnshire, was placed in special measures in 2013 following a review into trusts with persistently high mortality rates by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

The NHS Trust Development Authority took the decision to remove the trust from the regulatory regime after the Care Quality Commission found that it had improved in areas including accident and emergency, surgery and outpatient services.

Ms Lewington previously worked for North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, where she was chief executive for ten years. She has also worked in mental health, community services, commissioning and acute hospital services.

Ms Lewington said: “Being chief executive at ULHT is a great privilege and it is the role that has given me the greatest job satisfaction in all my 33 years in the NHS.

“Every single member of staff has contributed to the significant improvements we have made in the quality and safety of our services, which has led to us being taken out of special measures.

“I am extremely proud to have led the Trust during this time but I know I will be leaving [it] in the very capable hands of a strong and committed executive team.”

Bob Alexander, chief executive designate of the TDA, said: “Jane has provided inspirational leadership during a time of significant challenges for the Trust.

“Her commitment to driving forward improvements for patients in Lincolnshire has ensured the Trust delivers high quality care, and she has built strong foundations to sustain this performance.”

The trust has begun the process of recruiting her successor as chief executive, a spokeswoman said.