Our recent successes
Lincolnshire consultant wins national award for his work with the finance team.
Mr Kulandaivel Sakthivel, an orthopaedics consultant known best as Vel, won the Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year Award at the annual Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Awards. This award acknowledges the importance of clinical engagement in financial management and in particular recognises a clinician who has taken financial responsibility for their services, led efficiency or improvement programmes or provided an example for other clinicians by engaging with the financial management agenda.
Vel was greatly involved throughout a Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) pilot and the subsequent and ongoing changes in trauma and orthopaedics following the review. Vel has engaged heavily with both his finance and procurement leads – showing a real business focus, with a willingness to challenge his clinical colleagues to provide ultimately a better service for our patients and an improved financial position.
£1million transformation gives hospital patients 5-star ward
Staff and patients have returned to Dixon Ward at Lincoln County Hospital following a comprehensive seven-month refurbishment. This saw the 28 bed gastroenterology ward gutted and rebuilt into a 20 bed ward, with the addition of the Saxon Suite day unit to help treat patients without the need to be admitted for overnight stays.
ULHT has won the Estates and Facilities Innovation Award at this year’s Health Business Awards.
This award highlights the amazing work the Trust’s Facilities Team has been doing to reduce its carbon footprint and at the same time make financial savings which can instead be used for patient care. The Trust has joined forces with Veolia to manage improvements to its energy infrastructure over the next 15 years. In the first year of this contract the Trust has installed LED lighting in its hospitals at Lincoln, Boston and Grantham, and installed a new combined heat and power unit at Lincoln. These energy upgrades are expected to generate financial savings of £1.4 million per year and will cut annual carbon emissions by 7,712 tonnes.
Two new multi-purpose imaging machines have been installed in Lincolnshire’s hospitals to help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and vascular disease.
The new machines, which are part of a £1.2million investment in new fluoroscopy suites, are able to combine different types of X-rays to provide clinicians with modern imaging to perform patient procedures and deliver prompt diagnosis and treatments. They are able to show real-time moving images of what is happening within a patient’s body, for example the swallowing mechanism and blood flow.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust adopts TAP to recognise their unsung heroes
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is using TAP’s social thanking platform to help boost their staff’s wellbeing during these challenging times.
It means that the 720,000 population served by the Trust’s four hospitals – Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston and County Hospital Louth – can now quickly and easily send personal messages of thanks to hospital staff via a dedicated Digital Thanking Wall.
MBE for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust paediatrician
A respected Lincolnshire hospital consultant was recognised for her achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Consultant paediatrician Dr Margaret Crawford, who works at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston was made an MBE to recognise her services to child protection. Dr Crawford has worked at the hospital since 1983 and her work in child protection has improved the lives of many children in the county. She also has a national reputation in the field.
Lincolnshire Heart Centre exceeds national targets in first year
A 24/7 specialist heart service at Lincoln County Hospital is providing gold standard treatment to people suffering a heart attack in Lincolnshire. In its first year, it achieved fantastic successes and exceeded all national targets. The Heart Centre is a great asset for the whole of Lincolnshire. When a patient has a heart attack, wherever they live in the county, the patient is transferred to Lincoln County Hospital by ambulance where ambulance staff have direct access to the centre without patients having to go to A&E first.