NHS Foundation Trust, United Lincolnshire is one of 11 to have been put into special measures the Government announced on Wednesday.
The investigation, led by NHS England’s medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, focused on whether high death rates indicated sustained failings in the quality of care and treatment at the trusts.
The review said the trust, which includes Lincoln Hospital, has been developing its quality strategy over the last few years but, with constant change in leadership, it had been challenging to make systematic improvements.
The review panel said staff were dedicated, loyal and committed, but there were examples suggesting they needed better, more joined up leadership to really address challenges.
Issues that were highlighted included inadequate staffing levels and poor workforce planning, a lack of clarity around escalation procedures and a complaints process that was not fit for purpose.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals said it ‘fully accepts’ the findings of the Keogh review and that work to address these issues is already underway.
The trust’s chief executive Jane Lewington said: “The safety and quality of patient care is our top priority.”
“We have always seen the review as an opportunity to continue our journey of improvement.”
“The review has helped to ensure that our efforts are targeting the changes that will make the most impact on patient care.”
“Therefore we fully accept the findings. Patients are the very heart of everything we do, but others are doing better and therefore we need to learn from them.”