Community NHS Trust chair steps down after eight years

Posted on: 31st March 2023

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) chair, Elaine Baylis QPM, will leave her role when her term of office ends today (Friday, 31 March).

Elaine joined LCHS in 2011 as a non-executive director and started as chair in 2015. Since then, the changes experienced in LCHS and the wider Lincolnshire NHS and health and social care has been immense.

Elaine had significant input in ensuring that the quality of patient care and the wellbeing of staff members were always priority while maintaining the sound financial position of the organisation. In addition, she ensured that LCHS remained at the forefront of the whole system approach and partnership working.

During Elaine’s time as chair, the Trust was rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission; LCHS reported significant improvements, expanded services and developed new services and new ways of providing care for patients.

Elaine said: “It has been a huge privilege to serve on the board of directors at LCHS, particularly in my role as chair. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved as a Trust and the part that we have played in the Lincolnshire system.

“I have been fortunate to be supported by a fantastic team of executive and non–executive directors, both now and in the past, whose collective focus on the delivery of high-quality care has been unwavering despite some very challenging circumstances.

“Above all, I have been inspired by the compassion and professionalism of the whole workforce, who have worked tirelessly to provide great care to our communities.”

Maz Fosh, Chief Executive at LCHS, said: “On behalf of the board of directors and all our staff, I would like to thank Elaine wholeheartedly for all she has done during her time with LCHS, championing community services and challenging us to continue making positive changes.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with Elaine. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

Malcolm Burch a current non-executive director at LCHS has been appointed by NHS England and LCHS as the acting chair and starts on Saturday, 1 April for a year.