I have been truly struck since I joined Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in May as Chief Executive by the desire and dedication of staff across the health and care system to work together to improve local services.
There is real passion to care for people as a whole, seeing both their mental health and physical needs and treating both with equal importance.
It is our ambition to create services which support people with mental illness, learning disabilities or autism to live well in their communities and to deliver the outstanding care that patients deserve.
We have a great base to work from after being rated Good overall and Outstanding for well-led by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in our November 2018 inspection, but there is always more we can do.
This year has been a year of innovation, transition and investment, with much more to come as we implement new services.
We have been particularly pleased with our success in gaining substantial new investment from NHS England. Lincolnshire has been identified as one of only 12 ‘early implementer’ sites across the country for testing new models of care for those with mental health problems. We will receive more than £6million over the next two years to radically redesign how our community mental health services operate and integrate dedicated mental health workers within local primary care and neighbourhood teams. Initially this will be in Boston, Gainsborough, Grantham and Lincoln South, but with the desire to be countywide in the future.
As part of new funding we also have the opportunity to pilot several new services. A new community mental health rehabilitation team is under development to support people with their transition home after extended periods of time in hospital and help prevent future hospital admission.
The other area is the development of a specialist service for people with a personality disorder. This has been a significant gap locally and one we know will greatly improve patient experience. The services will initially be piloted in Lincoln and Gainsborough, but once both are proving to be beneficial we will look to expand wider.
We are also improving crisis services, increasing mental health support to schools, further developing our home treatment provision for older adults, dementia support, specialist mental health support for Lincoln’s rough sleepers, perinatal services, as well as working with the local criminal justice system. A new mental health helpline will be launched, with Mental Health Matters, something people told us would be helpful when they are struggling with emotional wellbeing.
With this significant investment comes an opportunity for those already working in the NHS, but also people thinking about a career in health services. There has never been a better time to join us with a wide variety of roles available now and over the next few months. NHS Jobs has current vacancies.
There are so many exciting things happening that I’m sure when I reflect again next year we will be in an even better place and I look forward to seeing how services continue to develop.
I’d like to finally take the opportunity to thank the compassionate and dedicated staff in LPFT, and across the whole health and care system for consistently putting patients at the heart of everything they do. I’m sure you will all want to join me in thanking them.