Highlights of the year

A snapshot of a busy year.

From innovative service transformations to national awards and recognition, the past year has seen many highlights for the Trust:

Continued management of the COVID-19 pandemic

Services continue to effectively manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and responded swiftly during outbreaks in our services. Whilst infection prevention guidelines have changed throughout the year, depending on community infection rates, our staff have continued to uphold high standards of infection prevention, as well as continuing to use some of the new ways of working established as a consequence of the pandemic. This includes continued use of technology to support the delivery of some services, where clinically appropriate and patient choice.

Key milestones

  • Celebrated a decade of community projects in the Lincolnshire Managed Care Network. Working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, we have managed 10 waves of the Managed Care Network before handing over to Shine Lincolnshire for Wave 11 in 2022.

  • The newly launched international recruitment programme welcomed the first arrivals to our inpatient wards. During the course of the year supporting 23 new international recruits to move to the UK and pass their accreditation to work as a nurse in England, with a further 14 in the pipeline.

  • In October, the Trust took the difficult decision to temporarily close the Hartsholme Centre on Long Leys Road in Lincoln, which provides psychiatric intensive care for men, following safety concerns associated with current available staffing.
  • The Trust was successful in receiving additional funding to progress work on the new Boston adult acute inpatient ward, due to be built at Norton Lea in the town. Work is now ongoing to finalise designs and start work on site.
  • Work continued and almost completed on the Lincoln Peter Hodgkinson Centre site on the replacement of Conolly and Charlesworth adult acute wards. Due to open in June 2023 the new wards will provide individual ensuite bedrooms and vastly improved ward environment.


New services

  • Recruited our first traveller community wellbeing link worker – the first role of its kind in the region. The post visits a number of county sites to forge positive relationships with members of the Traveller community, while listening to their concerns and signposting them to the support they need.
  • In September 2022, we assumed temporary financial support and oversight of the children and young people counselling service at the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss (LCGL), after the grant agreement between Lincolnshire County Council and the centre came to a natural end.
  • In January, an exciting expansion to the Mental Health Support Teams was announced. New teams are set to launch in Spalding and the surrounding area from September 2023, and Grantham and Sleaford from January 2024. These are in addition to existing successful teams in Lincoln, Gainsborough, Boston and Skegness.
  • In February 2023, we expanded the psychological support to women and birthing people following the loss of a baby, and those who are pregnant again following a loss with the launch of a new perinatal trauma and loss care service.
  • How Are You (H.A.Y) Lincolnshire launched in February 23 – a family of websites that bring together everything in the local community that boosts wellbeing.
  • The Trust were also awarded lead provider status for the forthcoming Midlands region OpCourage service, which provides veterans and armed forces personnel support with their mental health and wellbeing needs. The contract is delivered in partnership across the midlands with  Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, St Andrew’s Healthcare, Walking With The Wounded, The Ripple Pond, Tom Harrison House, and  Mental Health Matters.     

Service improvements

  • In December, we launched our QUIT programme to make effective treatment for tobacco dependency part of the routine care offered to our inpatients. The programme is initially available on our adult rehabilitation wards and Francis Willis Unit, before being rolled out in 2023 to all adult inpatient wards.

  • Work continued to expand the integrated place-based teams and local community connectors and social prescribers as part of the community mental health transformation programme. As well as expanding the network of local Night Light crisis cafes across the county.

  • The newly introduced mental health urgent assessment centre was able to extend its access to Lincolnshire Police and service user walk-ins, in an expansion of our support to prevent attendance at local A&E departments, as well as provide assessment and care in a more suitable care environment.
  • In March 23, the Trust formed an exciting new partnership with Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire to increase promotion of a range of research studies.

Technology advances

  • In May, a new chatbot assistant was launched in our talking therapy services. It proved to be a welcome addition with almost 1,200 people in Lincolnshire referring themselves to the service in the first two months.

  • The Trust launched a new NHS video call memory assessment to help people over 18 years of age who are having problems with their memory, language or attention access an assessment digitally.


  • The Trust remained one of the best performing mental health and learning disability trusts in the national NHS staff survey, scoring above average in all key themes.
  • In July, we launched the new menopause in the workplace guidance, as we continue to strive to promote a better understanding and support for employees experiencing the menopause.
  • A number of staff were celebrated as the Team LPFT Values Awards returned to being a face-to-face event for the first time since 2019. There were 10 winning teams and individuals from over 200 nominations received.


  • Seven Allied Health Professional Support Workers received nominations in Health Education England’s (HEE) first ‘Celebrating Inspirational AHP Support Workforce National Webinar’ in December 2022. With one of the Trust’s Occupational Therapy Assistants at Peter Hodgkinson Centre announced overall national winner of the ‘Positive, Compassionate and Inclusive Award’.
  • The Trust was top shortlist for ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2022 MIDAS Awards (Midlands Inclusivity and Diversity Award Scheme) for work carried out by the Bullying and Harassment Steering group. This builds on our commitment to provide a workplace where all colleagues feel a true sense of belonging and are safe and protected from the harm caused by discrimination of any kind.
  • Our Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) won the Together Award at the BBC Make a Difference Awards in September 2022. The teams were selected by the judges for their new way of working with young people, including creating various podcasts on a range of emotional wellbeing topics.
  • Liana Vignoni, one of our Practice Educators, was shortlisted for the Nursing Times Workforce Awards in September 2022. Liana was recognised in the Practice Educator of the Year category, in recognition of the Health Care Support Worker Development Programme she created for staff.
  • Lincolnshire’s Children and Young People Complex Needs Service was recognised in the 2022 NHS Parliamentary Awards in June, having been announced as the regional champion in the excellence in mental healthcare category. The Children and Young People Complex Needs Service works as an integrated partnership between Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), Lincolnshire County Council (Children Services) and other partner agencies such as education and the criminal justice system, providing holistic support to young people who are at risk of homelessness, criminalisation, or exploitation.
  • Francis Willis Unit service users were successful at the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme Learning Awards run by the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (EMAHSN). The patients were nominated for their Patient-led Choice and Responsibility Quality Improvement Project in the category of Co-production Award for Encouraging Outstanding Patient and Public Contribution.
  • Jodie Gunson, a Nursing Apprentice at the time and now registered Nursing Associate, was shortlisted for Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards. She was also a finalist at the Lincolnshire Apprentice Champion Awards in May 2022.
  • Lorena Hall, Medical Student Lived Experience Educator, was shortlisted for ‘Positive Role Model Award for Disability’ at the National Diversity Awards. As well as working with People First self-advocacy, Lorena teaches as a lived experience educator in autism and learning disability in local higher education programmes and is also studying a PhD researching health inequalities for people with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire.


  • In August 2022, Lincolnshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) once again achieved the Lime Culture Quality Mark for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services.
  • The Trust achieved the silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in July 2022. This was first achieved in 2017 and can be renewed every five years. The award is an acknowledgement of the Trust’s role in supporting members of the military community working in the Trust.
  • In March 2022, the Ward 12 team which is an acute adult inpatient service at Boston Pilgrim Hospital, reattained its QNWA (Quality Network for Inpatient Working Age Mental Health Services) accreditation.
  • Grantham Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team successfully secured its HTAS (Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme) accreditation again. The accreditation acknowledges the team’s commitment to provide support for people having difficulty with their normal coping methods for mental health issues and working with them to try and care for them in their community to prevent the need for them to go to hospital.
  • The Veterans Service and the Trust’s community, inpatient and crisis teams were reaccredited with the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award, acknowledging the valuable support we provide to carers.
  • In February 2022, we received a Stonewall Gold Award for our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion at work.