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Chief Executive of Leicester’s Hospitals, John Adler, is to retire this year
Press release date11/06/2020
A message from Karamjit Singh CBE, Chairman at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
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Making the announcement today (Thursday 11 June), Trust Chairman, Karamjit Singh CBE, said: “As you may know, our Chief Executive, John Adler, has been on extended sick leave since March this year. As he approaches 60, John has now decided to retire.


“John has completed over seven years' service at UHL and has led significant changes within the organisation and its services during our continuing journey to provide the highest possible quality of care.  Amongst his many achievements are leading the development of our new ED; driving forward our Quality Strategy - Becoming the Best; preserving our congenital heart service; achieving a Good rating in our last CQC inspection earlier this year; securing the investment in our ambitious reconfiguration plans; accessibility to staff at all levels and his receptiveness to their concerns. Equally, he has always demonstrated a willingness to lead the executive response to the many and varied challenges facing the Trust during his time here.


“John has been a dedicated public servant during his time at UHL and previously in other parts of the NHS. I know he is held in high regard by many people that he has worked with in other settings and also by our many stakeholders and partner organisations within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area served by this Trust.


“In terms of what happens next, it is my responsibility and that of my Non Executive Board colleagues to ensure that we recruit the best possible person to the role of Chief Executive, which is a key position in the organisation. This process will inevitably take some months. Rebecca Brown, who enjoys complete support from the Trust Board, will continue as Acting Chief Executive until this process is completed.


“I am certain that all of you would want to join me and the Trust Board in wishing John and his family well for the future.”


In a personal note to Trust staff explaining his decision, which John is happy to share publicly, he said: “As you will know, I haven’t been in the Trust for some time as I have been on sick leave. Thank you for all the personal messages that you’ve sent me; they have been much appreciated.


“Whilst I have been incapacitated (and also shielding due to a combination of long term conditions), you have been dealing with the greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced and I know that your response to the pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable. I also know that this has taken its toll on you, your teammates and your families; I can only say that I am immensely proud and grateful to you all. I am also very grateful personally to Rebecca Brown, our Acting Chief Executive, for stepping into the breach and leading the Trust in my absence at such a challenging time.


“Next May I will be 60 and I have for some time been thinking about retiring then.  After 35 years in NHS management, 22 of those as a Chief Executive, I now feel that I need to give greater priority to maintaining my own health, so I have decided to retire a little earlier than I had envisaged, on 18th September.  


“Given my shielded status, I can’t at this stage say my goodbyes in person, which would have been my preference; that said, I do hope that when we are through the worst, I will have the opportunity to see you again.


“Finally, you should know that joining Leicester’s Hospitals a little over seven years ago was the best decision of my working life; deciding to leave now has been the hardest decision.  It has been an honour to work with you all and I wish you and your families health and happiness in these difficult times.”


John has asked that his thanks and appreciation are passed to Trust volunteers, partner organisations and local communities for their continued support of Leicester’s Hospitals.

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