Our Progress and Achievements
We have many ongoing exciting and innovative programmes and initiatives, helping us to deliver on our strategic aims and objectives to deliver “Outstanding Care, Personally Delivered.”
- We have very active staff networks supporting colleagues across the Trust. These include our Armed Forces Staff Network, our Pride+ Staff Network, our Women’s Staff Network, Our Carers’ Staff Network, our REACH Staff Network (originally launched as the BAME Staff Equality Network) and our MAPLE Staff Network for colleagues with Mental and Physical Lived Experience.
- Our neonatal team has been awarded a Certificate of Commitment in its first step towards gaining recognition from the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). This builds on the success of our maternity services which are stage 2 BFI accredited.
- We are very proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and to have been revalidated for our silver award and in the process of awaiting the application for Gold accreditation.
- We have also taken a stand against racist behaviour with the launch of an anti-racism campaign and strategy, with our EDI action plan receiving a ‘Good’ rating from NHS Employers.
- We also have an award-winning Patient Experience Team who have been recognised nationally and epitomise our mission to provide outstanding care personally delivered to the people of Lincolnshire.
- The 2022 National Staff Survey identified the Trust as being the second most improved Acute trust in the Country.
- Clean registration with the CQC (no conditions or warning notices) – the first time in several years.
- Implementation and roll out of the National Culture and Leadership Programme including the formation of a Leading Together Forum.
- People Promise exemplar site with year one complete moving into year two which has been nationally recognised for the positive impact this programme has made on retention.
- For the first time in at least two years our vacancy position sits at its lowest percentage with an ambition to get to 4% trust wide by the end of the financial year.
- We are undertaking multi million pound investments to transform our hospitals in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham. The following projects are in addition to an ongoing extensive ward improvement programme, which will ensure that we can not only meet the needs of patients and staff now, but also in the future:
- We are about to launch the final phase of a £10 million project at Lincoln County Hospital which has seen the addition of an Urgent Treatment Centre and a new resuscitation department.
- Work on transforming the Emergency Department at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston is underway. This £46m development will see the department more than treble in size and include state-of-the-art innovations and infection prevention control measures, have more cubicles to treat patients and a bigger resuscitation zone for the sickest patients. It will also include separate areas dedicated to providing emergency care for the hospital’s youngest patients and their families and additional treatment rooms for mental health patients.
- We have invested £5.3 million in two new state-of-the-art theatres at Grantham and District Hospital. The modular building also includes the associated preparation rooms, utility facilities and a six-bed recovery bay. The hospital has also been named as one of eight surgical hubs nationally to be awarded accreditation for high standards in clinical and operational practice.
- A multi-million pound investment in Lincoln led to the opening of a state of the art Respiratory Support Unit (RSU) in-line with GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) recommendations and the British Thoracic Society Standards, ensuring patients of Lincolnshire are receiving the best possible respiratory care.
- Our new £1 million pharmaceutical aseptic unit is making lifesaving chemotherapy, intravenous nutrition and other ready-made injectable medicines, for the sickest patients in the county’s hospitals.
- The first of the Community Diagnostic Centres in Lincolnshire, run by ULHT, has been opened in Grantham. Plans are underway for centres to be opened in other locations in the county.
- We have a world-class heart centre at Lincoln County Hospital which is not only saving thousands of lives each year but is also sharing its best practices with centres across the world and helping with NICE guidelines.
- A £3.2 million investment in robotic surgery means hundreds of patients are now able to have their surgery closer to home every year.
- We continue to welcome medical students from the new Lincoln Medical School.
- A pioneering end-of-life ‘hospice in a hospital’ is embedded into Grantham and District Hospital.
- We have clinical research facilities at Lincoln and Boston which complement our Trust wide research to ensure our communities can access innovative, as well as safe, responsive care.