Grantham Journal column: Hospital trust aims to improve the quality of care for its patients

Maxine Hughes - head of operations and clinical services at Grantham Hospital
Maxine Hughes - head of operations and clinical services at Grantham Hospital
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As the new head of operations and clinical services at Grantham Hospital and having only been at Grantham for a couple of months, I am have already seen the great lengths to which our hospital staff will go to provide the best possible care for their patients.

NHS trusts up and down the country are having to provide services differently and look at making the care they provide for their patients more sustainable for the future.

A great deal of work has gone into shaping the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) where, for the first time, Lincolnshire has a single plan that describes how health and care services across the whole county will change in order to deliver better quality care, improve health and wellbeing and bring our health and care system back into financial balance.

To deliver our bit of this plan, we are developing 
the ULHT 2021 strategy to ensure we transform and further improve our own services.

Keeping all services as they are is not an option and we need to redesign our services.

2021 is our chance to transform our services for the benefit of our patients, staff and the population of Lincolnshire.

We want our services to be both safer and sustainable and for our care to meet all national standards for quality and safety.

Our improvements will lead to better health outcomes, quicker access to tests and treatments, fewer cancellations, fewer deaths and better services for the people of Lincolnshire.

We have developed a survey so people across Lincolnshire can share their views with us, and help us to develop our plans for the future of hospital services across Lincolnshire: www.surveymonkey.co.uk

The deadline to complete this is Monday, April 10, 2017.

Grantham Hospital has a positive future.

We want to improve the quality of care to our patients and improve the experiences of our staff while at work.

Our staff will have exciting opportunities and access to training.

They will also have a key role to play in shaping what these roles will be.

More information on the STP can be found here - lincolnshirehealthandcare.org