United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in Special Measures

We've placed United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust into Special Measures following a series of concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.

We're working closely with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to help bring about rapid improvement to its patient care services, so that patients in Lincolnshire can be assured that they are getting the quality care they expect.

About the trust

The trust, based in the county of Lincolnshire, serves a population of more than 720,000 people. It was one of the first trusts to be placed in special measures for quality reasons in 2013, and was removed from the programme in February 2015 after a series of improvements were made.

The decision for the trust to re-enter the programme follows an inspection by the CQC in October 2016, and a subsequent recommendation from the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards. The inspection found a deterioration in services, including increased waiting times for follow-up outpatient appointments.

Next steps

Patient safety remains our top priority, and each area of the CQC’s report will be addressed through our support package to the trust.

Patients will be reassured that the trust has been rated ‘good’ for caring. Ensuring that improvement is sustainable from this point onwards is our primary focus.

The trust has already demonstrated once that it can make positive changes. We will be working closely with the team to make sure those changes are lasting ones.

We have already put an improvement director and programme of support in place in response to the concerns raised and will be working alongside trust staff to address the specific areas outlined in the report.”

Jeff Worrall, Delivery and Improvement Director at NHS Improvement

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