United Lincolnshire Hospitals' trust chairman Paul Richardson to retire
Paul Richardson, chairman of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is stepping down.
Mr Richardson, who has been in the post for four-and-a-half years, is retiring in December.
In July, the trust was placed into special measures by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt following the damning report by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was one of 11 which the review found were failing to "provide consistently high quality care to patients."
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Mr Richardson will formally step down at the end of December and the search for his successor starts this Thursday, October 17, when the vacancy will be advertised.
Interviews are planned for the end of November.
Mr Richardson said today: "Being the chairman of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
"Nothing is more inspiring than hearing grateful patients praise the quality of our care, or meeting the fantastic staff who work so hard to deliver it.
“It has been a challenging but exciting journey and I have thoroughly enjoyed my role, which is why I have already served longer than the usual term.
"However, I always intended to retire at the end of 2013 and I feel that it is now time for me to pass on the baton to someone new."
Mr Richardson has overseen many of the trust’s achievements including the new heart centre for the county, improvements in stroke care, the new breast unit at Grantham, and success for Pilgrim becoming the top-performing hospital in the country for treating hip fractures.
Trust chief executive Jane Lewington said: "It has been an immense pleasure to work with Paul, who has fulfilled his role with considerable skill, experience and passion.
“We still have a lot of work to undertake before the end of the year.
"And Paul will remain in post to support the board and whole trust as we continue collectively to realise the tremendous potential of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.”