East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Chair

Body: NHS England
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Lancashire
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £55,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

NHS England is pleased to announce the appointment of Shazad Sarwar as Chair of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust from 5 December 2022 to 4 December 2025. He will receive a remuneration of £55,000 per annum. He has declared no political activity in the last five years.

View Announcement

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/09/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Stakeholder event


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) was established in 2003. It is a large, integrated healthcare organisation, providing acute secondary healthcare in hospital and care within the community.

The Trust’s geographical area includes some of the most socially deprived areas of England. East Lancashire was among the worst hit parts of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trust continues to focus on reducing waiting lists for elective procedures whilst managing very high pressures, specifically through its urgent and emergency care pathways.

Quality and safety are firmly at the heart of the Trust’s approach and the aim to provide safe, personal and effective care is widely known, recognised and adopted by colleagues to guide activity across the organisation day to day.

As a result, the Trust is performing well and holds a positive reputation among NHS colleagues regionally and nationally, as well as with more local partners and communities.

NHS England has a specific role in appointing and supporting NHS Trust Chairs and Non-Executives. We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair ELHT.  This is an unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services, not just within the Trust, but across Lancashire and South Cumbria as an active part of both the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Provider Collaboration Board (PCB), as well as within the wider health and social care system with local partners in Pennine Lancashire. The right candidate will be comfortable sharing their talents and expertise to help transform both hospital and community settings and pathways to make a positive difference to the community.

Person Specification

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of East Lancashire and surrounding areas, including across Lancashire and South Cumbria, working with providers to ensure access to equitable services.

Please read the candidate information pack for the full details.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Additional Information

For more information, you can get in touch with:

  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust – for an informal and confidential discussion with Martin Hodgson, Chief Executive please contact Michelle Connolly, Executive Manager on 01254 732801 or by emailing michelle.connolly@elht.nhs.uk
  • NHS England – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0113 825 0009 or by emailing miriam.walker@nhs.net

How to Apply

Please read the candidate information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to england.chairsandneds@nhs.net quoting reference N2714

Monitoring Form N2714
NHS Chair Info Pack ELHT N2714
Return to NHS Appointments