Our Trust is situated in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire and is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in England, serving a population of more than 700,000 people.
Why Join ULHT? Our Exciting Future
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), situated in the county of Lincolnshire, is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in England serving a population of over 736,700 people. We provide acute and specialist services to people in Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties. We have an annual income of £643 million and we employ nearly 8,500 people.
In the last year we had around 642,000 outpatient attendances, around 145,000 inpatient episodes and around 147,000 attendances at A&E.
We provide acute hospital care for the people of Lincolnshire from our sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham and also deliver services from community hospitals and centres in Louth, Gainsborough, Spalding and Skegness.
Our Board have recently agreed a new vision statement – “Outstanding Care Personally Delivered” – stating their ambition for our Trust to be among the best.
We have also agreed a five year Integrated Improvement Plan setting out how we will achieve our strategic objectives, for patients, services, people and partners, the last recognising that our future success depends on our ability to ensure the Lincolnshire healthcare system is successful in achieving its ambition to help people live healthier lives and provide care closer to where people live.
We are always keen to welcome highly skilled, committed and compassionate individuals to our hospitals – people who put patients at the heart of everything they do and are ready to help us achieve our vision.
Our values guide everything we do. They are:
- Patient-centred – Putting patients at the heart of everything we do, listening and responding to their needs and wishes.
- Safety – Following ULHT and professional guidelines. Speaking up to make sure patients and staff are safe from harm.
- Excellence – Striving to be the best that we can be. Innovating and learning from others.
- Compassion – Caring for patients and their loved ones in ways we would want for our friends and family.
- Respect – Behaving and using language that demonstrates respect and courtesy to others. Zero tolerance to bullying, inequality, prejudice and discrimination.
If you believe in them too, then you are ready to join the ULHT team.
Why join ULHT – building on our successes
Whilst there are significant challenges at the Trust we can build on a many successes. We have a leading heart centre at Lincoln, a pioneering end-of-life “hospice in a hospital” at Grantham, we have recently invested £2m in neonatal facilities and created a clinical research facility at Boston.
Other examples of our successes are set out below:
Improving our Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR)
ULHT was one of 14 Trusts identified in the national Keogh Review in 2013 as having a high HSMR. The expected value was 100 and forULHT it was 113. To reduce our HSMR and achieve our pledge of
eradicating preventable deaths, we developed and implemented a wide ranging programme of work with strong clinical leadership. This included:
• Effective mortality review programme to identify areas for improvement
• A focus on complete and accurate clinical documentation and coding
• A focus on the delivery of high quality evidence based care ensuring patients get the care in their optimum setting in the health and social care system
• Effective governance structures with clear oversight to monitor performance, delivery of actions being taken and the impact of these
• System-wide working across Lincolnshire to improve care and identify shared learningOur HSMR has been consistently below 100 since September 2018. This places us in the top 28% of Trusts nationally. This means we have become a safer organisation.
For many years the Trust was challenged with variability in delivering safe, high-quality patient care and experience. This variation was also visible in the leadership of our ward and department managers who were not always clear on what their focus should be or how to deliver sustainable improvements.In 2017 we implemented a model of ward accreditation across all adult inpatient areas, which:
- Set out for each ward consistent standards of care, aligned to best practice and our regulatory requirements
- Is a quality performance and accountability framework designed to drive improvements and reduce unwarranted variation in nursing practice and patient experience
- Is integral to the Trusts governance process delivering triangulated assurance.
- Is a model developed in partnership with ward and speciality staff, so has a high degree of organisational ownership
- Includes measurement of staff and patient experience
- Provides a pathway of excellence as wards move through the varying levels of compliance from Red-Amber-Green-Gold, using quality improvement methods.
As a result of this work our organisation is a National Exemplar Site for ward accreditation and wards previously described as having poor standards were highlighted for their outstanding practice in the 2019 CQC hospital inspection.
Our staff are winners too and some of their accolades are set out below:
Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Midlands
Mary McGillivray has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Midlands region. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.
Transforming ADHD Care in Lincolnshire
A project that has improved diagnosis and treatment for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Lincolnshire has been recognised with a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award.
ULHT Shine at Lincolnshire Health Awards
11 members of staff, teams and volunteers were shortlisted for awards at the Lincolnshire Healthcare Awards 2018. This included seven winners.
Britain’s Best Nurse
Ward Sister Kat Mayer was named as Best Nurse in The Sun’s Who Cares Wins health awards 2018, in recognition of her efforts to get to work and care for her patients during the “Beast from the East”.
Why join ULHT? To develop yourself
Professional development and innovation is our passion and we recognise that developing effective and financially sustainable services is down to the commitment, skills and compassion of all our staff. We are committed to providing professional and personal development opportunities that will enable people who join us to achieve what they wish in their careers.
The Lincolnshire Talent Academy, provides tailored, high-quality in-house training, preceptorship support for new and returning-to-work nurses and a variety of other apprenticeship opportunities.
We work in partnership with the University of Lincoln. We are partners in their new medical school, which received its first students in 2019. They also offer under-graduate and post-graduate courses and research opportunities in nursing, midwifery and allied health and social care disciplines in a new £19m facility, the Sarah Swift Building, named in honour of the Lincolnshire-born nurse who went on to set up the Royal College of Nursing.
Why join ULHT? Our offer
We offer a rewarding and supportive place to work and we have an unrivalled package of staff benefits. These include:
- Apprenticeships, Degree and Masters level development pathways through the Lincolnshire Talent Academy.
- Leadership training, clinical education and career development opportunities.
- The NHS pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements, flexible working possibilities and relocation packages for identified roles.
- Money-saving deals on cars, bikes, home electronics and high street shopping and entertainment.
- On-site nurseries at Lincoln and Boston, childcare vouchers and support for staff wishing to take maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
- Health, wellbeing and occupational support that includes personal and work-related counselling, mental health first aid, mindfulness and counselling training, health check MoTs and self-referral physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
- Financial wellbeing offer that includes salary advances, pay day loans, long term loans and saving schemes.
- Annual Staff Award ceremony.
- Long Service Awards.
- Free eyesight tests for display screen users.
Why join ULHT? Great people who want a challenge
We are honest at ULHT and recognize that there is much to do to achieve our vision of outstanding care personally delivered. If you are up for the challenge, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to help build something fantastic.