Lincolnshire’s hospitals become first FAB accredited Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has become the first NHS trust in the country to be formally accredited by the Academy of FAB NHS Stuff.

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has become the first NHS trust in the country to be formally accredited by the Academy of FAB NHS Stuff.

On Wednesday 16 October, the Academy officially accredited the Trust during the GIANT health event, which brings together innovators in healthcare technology from across the world. During the event, Deputy Chief Nurse at ULHT Jennie Negus was speaking about our innovative new patient experience dashboard before being presented with the award by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS.

The Academy, set up by health analyst Roy Lilley in 2015, brings together a repository of ideas and innovations from across the NHS which staff can use to make improvements in their own place of work.

The principles of the Academy encourage staff to own changes and improvements to benefit their working lives and the care delivered to patients. ULHT has been engaged with the Academy since its launch

Deputy Chief Nurse Jennie Negus said: “Our staff need to be supported, enabled and encouraged to design ways to practice and amplify behaviours and strategies that unleash innovation. The FAB Academy means that staff have a wider network of NHS professionals to bounce ideas off and share their ideas with.

“Overall, if we can engage our staff and help them feel empowered to make changes, the patient care we deliver will improve. And that’s what we are here to do.”

Since joining the FAB Academy, ULHT has:

• Shared around 40 stories. These are on the Academy website for others to see and many people have been in touch wanting more information.
• Won two national FAB awards and been finalists for others.
• Led four highly-successful #FabChange days with hundreds of staff pledges and project ‘shares’.
• Featured in the national independent report on Change Day 2017 and the 2018 Top Tips guide for Trusts leading Change Days.
• Introduced 79 (to date) FAB Experience Champions across wards and services.

Jennie added: “There is clear evidence that when we embrace staff and their ideas, we can make some incredible, positive changes to patient care and patient experience. We can learn a lot from other NHS organisations and hope that we can share and inspire too.”