Annual reports and plans

To ensure our hospital services develop and grow in the best possible way for patients, we set detailed plans and strategies for the future.

These may be plans for what we do over the next one, five or 10 years, how we plan to cut waiting lists or reduce infections or how we would like to see our services develop to reflect the needs of our local population while meeting financial constraints.

Our Integrated Improvement Plan

ULHT Integrated Improvement Plan

Annual reports

As a public organisation we are required to publish an annual report and set of accounts each year.

Annual audit letter

Note: the annual audit letter was referred to as the “Annual governance report” in previous years.

Quality account

The quality account provides an annual report to the public about the quality of services we provide. It includes a review of priorities over the last year and our plans for the future. We will continue to review the quality of services that we provide and build on the improvements that have been made this last year and review our priorities for quality improvement in partnership with our patients, staff and other organisations.

Self certification NHS provider licence

Director of Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report

Trade Union facility time

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirement) Regulations 2017 took effect on 1 April 2018 and this means that NHS employers are now required to publish certain information on Trade Union officials and facility time. The information for ULHT is published below:

Ensuring quality at ULHT

Quality is at the heart of everything we do in caring for our patients. It relies on safe systems, safe people and organisational learning. ULHT has a strategy in place to support this which focuses on four key elements:


Reducing mortality and harmful adverse events is a priority for the Trust. Measures in place include operating theatre checklists to avoid mistakes in surgery, working to reduce pressure ulcers and falls, and campaigns to ensure safe practice around medicines.

Patient Experience

We want to ensure the best possible experience for all patients at every stage – from initial contact, through care to discharge and follow-up. This involves providing the right environment and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Clinical effectiveness

All care needs to reflect clinical best practice and meet national guidelines to ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right time, every time. We use a series of ‘care bundles’ to embed consistent and reliable ways of treating a range of conditions including severe infection, heat failure and pneumonia. Regular audits are carried out to ensure standards are maintained.

Continuous improvement

We are always seeking ways to improve. Various measures are in place to achieve this such as the safety thermometer, a system which monitors different aspects of care. We also have a strong focus on training and sharing learning from specific incidents.

Disciplinary policy

The Trust requires high standards of conduct and behaviour from everyone and is committed to supporting employees to achieve and maintain a high standard of conduct and behaviour and where these standards are not achieved to support and encourage them to improve and to learn from their mistakes. This policy and procedure is designed to ensure that a fair, systematic and consistent approach is taken when an employee’s actions are in breach of workplace rules, professional standards or fall short of the expected standards of conduct or behaviour.

Disciplinary Policy

Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

The new Five Year Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has been published for Lincolnshire. This is a nationally required five year health and care plan for the whole of Lincolnshire – our plan must improve health and wellbeing and quality, as well as bring the whole health system back into financial balance by 2021.

For the first time we have a single plan that describes how health and care services across the whole county will change in order to deliver better quality care, improve health and wellbeing and bring our health and care system back into financial balance. All 44 areas of the country were asked in January to submit a plan.

Lincolnshire has worked together more closely than ever in the last three years to develop the Lincolnshire Health and Care Programme which sets out our blueprint for future health and care services in Lincolnshire and describes a new model of care.

The development of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership builds on, and includes, this work but looks further at how we can work together more effectively, as a single health and care system to better support our residents and ensure every pound spent delivers value for the people of Lincolnshire.

For more information visit the STP website.