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MESSAGE FROM JOHN TURNER – CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Hello Everyone and a Happy New Year,

I do hope that you are well and have had a good (and safe) Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.

I also want to thank all of you who have been working hard over the festive period to support the key operational priorities across the NHS in Lincolnshire. As you know it continues to be an extremely intense period for all of us in the health and care system, our service remains under intense pressure (you will have seen in the media that ULHT have been on Internal Critical Incident over the past few days), and we anticipate that the coming weeks will remain very challenging.

Many of you have been supporting the Vaccination Booster Programme, and I am absolutely delighted to share with you that at close on 31st December 2021, over 441,000 people in Lincolnshire had received their Booster out of a total eligible population of 544,000, this represents an 81% performance, which is an excellent position and great news for the health of the public we serve. The Programme continues through January 2022 and beyond.

Other CCG colleagues have been supporting SVOC, Urgent and Emergency Care pressures, Hospital flow, Mental Health demands, CHC, Primary Care, Elective Care, Cancer Care and other essential priorities over the past few weeks and I thank you wholeheartedly for all your hard work – it is valued and making a real difference.

In mid-December 2021, the CCG went into Business Continuity mode, and staff responded flexibly and supportively in meeting this challenge. I anticipate that we will stay in Business Continuity mode for the coming few weeks and potentially into February 2022, dependent on how the demands on the NHS play out. This is all kept under regular review by the Executive Team, which is currently assessing how best to ensure we can all support this next phase. You will be spoken with by your Line Manager in the coming days in terms of what we will be asking of you, and I remain most grateful for your support during these exceptional circumstances.

Thank you again for all your work and commitment, it is genuinely appreciated. I shall look forward to speaking with you at Team Talk Live on Monday.

Yours

John Turner
Chief Executive