• Jan Sobieraj will retire from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust in spring 2019.
  • Trust chair says the organisation expects to leave special measures next year.
  • Recruitment for a successor will start in due course. 

The chief executive of a challenged Lincolnshire trust will retire next year, it has been announced.

Jan Sobieraj will retire from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust in spring 2019 after three years at the trust and four decades in NHS management.

ULHT chair Elaine Baylis said Mr Sobieraj “feels that as the trust will be entering its next phase of transformation next year now is the right time for him to retire”.

She said: “There is no doubt that Mr Sobieraj has brought a fantastic degree of energy and ambition into the trust and, as a result, in 2019 we expect to be well placed to exit quality and financial special measures,” Ms Baylis said.

“I would like to thank Mr Sobieraj for the drive, determination and the unrelenting personal commitment he has made in leading our trust during a period of unprecedented demand.”

Mr Sobieraj joined the trust from the NHS Leadership Academy and has 21 years’ experience as chief executive of NHS organisations, including South Lincolnshire Healthcare Trust and Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust. He has also worked at the Department of Health as managing director of NHS and Social Care Workforce.

The trust has not yet set a date for Mr Sobieraj’s departure but a spokeswoman said recruitment would begin in due course.

UHLT’s Care Quality Commission rating improved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ earlier this year but remained in special measures because it was “consumed by operational issues”.