COLUMN: Andrew Morgan on health services

Opinion
Opinion

The new financial year has given us not only an opportunity to reflect on our achievements from the past year, but also a chance to refocus on what the forthcoming year may bring us.

In the whole, 2014/15 was a very positive year for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

We were judged to be ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we received improved results from our staff from the national NHS Staff Survey.

Locally, we were pleased to officially embark on our partnership with the Butterfly Hospice Trust to open six beds in the hospice’s inpatient unit in Boston.

Individual staff achievements have continued to make us extremely proud, with eight nurses awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and three gaining Fellowships at the Institute of Health Visiting.

I must also give recognition to staff working in our communities all over the county who have performed admirably all year round to continue supporting patients. They have not only gone the extra mile to keep their own services running, but also stepped in to support colleagues working for other health organisations.

This is a great example of how the entire health community continues to work together to make sure you have access to the best and most appropriate care as close to your home as possible.

Looking forward, we are ready and prepared for new challenges. We have recently agreed our contracts with those who commission our services for the year ahead and, as an organisation, have set priorities which we believe can help us to deliver excellent care.

We will also be looking for ways to better talk to and work with our patients, particularly through our membership arrangements. Please keep an eye out for these opportunities in the coming weeks, we would love to hear from you.

Andrew Morgan is the chief executive of the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.