Jan Sobieraj has been appointed to the role of Managing Director at the NHS Leadership Academy – the new, national hub created to develop outstanding leadership in health to improve people’s health and their experience of the NHS.
He brings with him more than 30 years of management experience, including 13 years as a chief executive in different NHS organisations and many years working in partnership with leaders, staff and trade unions to improve healthcare for patients.
Jan said: “I was there when the idea of the NHS Leadership Academy was conceived and I’m delighted that I’m now here to be part of its development.
“The NHS is operating in a world which is changing at a scale and pace never seen before. The challenges we face in delivering an NHS fit for the future will not be addressed by tweaking around the edges. We need industrial levels of transformation and innovation – and it is outstanding leadership that will deliver this change for us. It’s an incredibly exciting and challenging opportunity.”
Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive designate of the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jan to this exciting and important position in the NHS Leadership Academy and to his taking us forward in this new era of leadership development for the NHS. Jan has worked in every part of the NHS system and has seen great examples of leadership as well as those areas where we know we can do better. He knows what works and what doesn’t. Great leaders create working climates where people working with them feel engaged, empowered and satisfied. This is the kind of leadership that the Academy will develop in the NHS and indeed exemplify itself, with Jan’s leadership.”
Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “I would like to congratulate Jan on his new role.
“The NHS Confederation recognises the important role that good leadership plays in the delivery of high quality patient care. That is why we have made leadership one of our key work priorities.
“We look forward to working with Jan and the NHS Leadership Academy to help establish collaborative and innovative approaches to healthcare, and embrace the talent and ideas of our future leaders.”
Jan will lead the Academy to progress into a world class national centre designed to produce and inspire outstanding leadership in the NHS, with a continual focus on improving people’s health and their experience of the NHS.
The Academy brings together for the first time all the national activity supporting leadership development in health and NHS funded services.
It will set the standards for leadership, based on the Leadership Framework which many professions and organisations already use, ensuring there is a consistent, professional, approach to leadership built in to career development. It will work with individuals at different stages in their careers and from different professions and backgrounds, ensuring NHS leaders are more representative of the communities and workforce they serve. It will work with new and existing organisations from across the NHS system, supporting local capacity and capability and developing leaders with more breadth and different approaches, to deliver the industrial levels of innovation the NHS needs. And it will run national programmes, such as NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and NHS Top Leaders.
Jan was appointed after having served in the post of Managing Director for NHS and Social Care Workforce at the Department of Health from July 2011. He was originally seconded from the NHS to the Department of Health in 2010 as Director of Leadership.
Before that he had been a Chief Executive in different NHS organisations for 13 years. These included NHS Sheffield (a primary care trust), Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an NHS Trust in Lincolnshire providing community and mental health services.
In addition to his health service experience, he has also held a number of senior general management positions in the social housing sector and has worked in the private sector.
He is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University as well as Governor of the Health Foundation and previously Chair of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Leadership Group.