NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Elaine Baylis as Chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).
Elaine has been interim Chair of the Trust since January 2018, but she has now been made permanent Chair of the Trust until 31st December 2021.
She also continues in her role as Chair of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, running alongside her role at ULHT.
Elaine has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector in Lincolnshire. With a background in policing, her career in the force culminated in the role of assistant chief constable with accountability for service delivery.
An experienced strategic commander with particular interest in responding to emergencies, in 2005 Elaine was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.
Elaine was previously a director and trustee of Urban Challenge Lincoln, an organisation that delivers a range of services to the community and voluntary sector, and since 2005 has held a similar post at Lincolnshire Action Trust, an organisation that aims to improve the skills and employability of offenders and prisoners.
She was also the independent chair of the Lincolnshire Adults Safeguarding Board from 2012 to 2016 and has been chair of LCHS since April 2015.
Elaine is currently chair of the Lincolnshire Co-ordinating Board, which includes chief executives and chairs of NHS organisations in the county and provides oversight of the local health and care system, as well as the implementation of Lincolnshire’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Elaine said she is delighted that she will be able to continue her work with the Trust, providing continuity of management for staff, stakeholders and the public of Lincolnshire.
“I have enjoyed the last year as Chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and in spite of the many challenges faced by the Trust I believe that we can continue to build upon the improvements that are being made. I have met some very dedicated and caring members of staff and volunteers and also gained an insight into the experience of patients. I am looking forward to working closely with the Board to take further quality and safety improvements forward, and to maintain our focus on delivering excellence in rural healthcare to the people of Lincolnshire.”
Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by NHS Improvement and are subject to the Governance Code for Public Appointments. NHS Improvement ensure that all appointments to NHS trust boards throughout England are made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to candidates. NHS Improvement routinely publishes information about all the appointments it makes on its website.
Elaine will continue to receive remuneration of £40,000 per annum. She has not declared any political activity in the last five years.