WORKFORCE: University Hospitals of Leicester Trust has appointed Sandwell and West Birmingham’s chief executive John Adler to their top job.

Mr Adler has been chief executive of the West Midlands acute for 10 years and takes up the post at Leicester vacated by Malcolm Lowe-Lauri.

Leicester is a £703m-turnover trust and has already been escalated to the Department of Health for failing to meet its foundation trust application date.

It also faces major challenges on waiting times, maternity and cancelled operations.

Mr Adler will replace interim chief executive Jim Birrell in January.

Trust chair Martin Hindle said: “John comes to Leicester with 14 years of experience operating as a chief executive, he is very driven, passionate and absolutely in tune with our values and the desire to deliver ‘Caring at its Best’.

“There was a very strong field of candidates for the post, but John’s track record of delivery combined with his reputation for successfully working with partners in complex and challenging health economies is precisely the experience we were looking for.”

John Adler said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to the trust.  It is one of the largest and most prestigious NHS organisations and clearly aspires to deliver excellence across the board.  This is an ambition which I share and I very much look forward to working with the excellent people within the trust and its partners.”