Trust bids fond farewell to respected Chair

Published on: 28th April 2021

Lincolnshire’s leading provider of mental health, learning disability and autism services will say goodbye to its current Chair at the end of April.

After six years at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), Paul Devlin has reached the end of his second and final term of office.

Sarah Connery, acting Chief Executive of LPFT said: “Throughout his time in post, Paul has led the way in ensuring that patients are at the heart of all that we do.

“Paul has led the Trust through many successes and helped the organisation transform our services, not least helping us move from a Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2015, to an overall rating of Good and Outstanding in well-led since 2018.

“His passionate, compassionate and inclusive leadership has helped the organisation flourish, and I’d like to thank Paul for all his support and commitment over the last six years and wish him all the very best for the future.”

In the last six years the Trust has succeeded in really important service transformations. These have included moving many services to community models, enabling people to stay at home more often, reducing unacceptable long waits for services and reducing the number of people receiving care outside of Lincolnshire inappropriately.

The Trust has also been successful in developing its estate to build new services, such as the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and Psychiatric Clinical Decisions Unit, and Paul leaves the Trust in the midst of significant work to build three new mental health wards which will eliminate the use of dormitory accommodation across all its inpatient facilities.

Commenting on his departure, Paul Devlin said: “I have been proud to be a part of the LPFT ‘family’ that has achieved so much, and I wish the organisation and its entire staff well as they continue to provide the very best care for the people of Lincolnshire.”  

Paul’s successor, Kevin Lockyer, will officially take up his position as the new Chair of LPFT on 1 May 2021.