Professor Ian Lewis to join Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Board

Prof Ian Lewis specialistsNHS Improvement (NHSI) has confirmed the appointment of Professor Ian Lewis as Non-executive Director of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Prof Lewis is a senior clinician who was Executive Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool between 2011 and 2015, having previously been a Divisional Medical Director and Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust.

He also co-chaired the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum – an independent group of professionals who advised the government, which operated between 2012 and 2016.

Prof Lewis has lived in Leeds for more than 30 years and served as a Trustee of The Candlelighters Trust (1985-2011), Martin House Children’s Hospice (1990-2010) and Bone Cancer Research Trust (2006-present) within the charitable sector.

Speaking on his appointment to the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Board, Prof Lewis said: “I’m very excited to be joining such a forward-looking Trust. Although most of my clinical career has been in hospitals, I’m absolutely convinced that if we are going to solve the challenges facing the NHS and improve people’s health, then services based in the community that focus on excellent care and early intervention are absolutely key.

 “I’m really focused on improving services and outcomes through quality improvement and evidence. That has got to be my number one priority. My clinical experience has also taught me that teams and their wellbeing is at the heart of improvement.”

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Chair Neil Franklin OBE added: “We are very fortunate to welcome someone with Ian’s wealth of experience to the Trust.

“He has a strong track record of clinical leadership, commitment to patients and promotion of excellent health care services and I look forward to working with him.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS Improvement are subject to the Governance Code for Public Appointments.

Professor Ian Lewis has been appointed from 1 July 2017 for two years. He has declared no political activity.