Plans have been approved to build a new psychiatric intensive care unit in Lincolnshire, which will mean up to 40 healthcare jobs could be created.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has recently approved plans to develop the area’s first specialist unit to provide intensive support for people with severe mental health problems.
“We are looking forward to recruiting the new team very soon”
A recruitment campaign for the new unit will begin this week, with the trust looking to employ a number of band 5 and 6 nurses, healthcare support workers and other posts.
The trust will be looking to recruit around 15 nursing posts for the unit, a spokesman told Nursing Times. It is hoped the unit will become operational and able to accept patients by summer 2017.
The trust said the new PICU would help remove the need for some patients to travel out of county to receive specialist care, which the trust had been working on with local clinical commissioning groups.
It has approved plans to renovate unused ward space at its Carholme Court base in Lincoln into the brand new 10-bedded, male only unit, with refurbishment work expected to start mid-October.
There are also early discussions taking place for how a similar service could be developed for female patients, said the trust.
Trust chief executive Dr John Brewin, said: “It’s an exciting time for the trust and further underlines our commitment to providing the highest possible quality of care for the people of Lincolnshire.
New Lincolnshire PICU will create nurse jobs
“We are looking forward to recruiting the new team very soon and are on the lookout for caring, compassionate nurses, medics and specialist allied health professionals who really want to make a difference to patients’ lives,” he added.
The development of a PICU for the county was highlighted as something that would benefit the region’s patients by the Care Quality Commission during an inspection of the trust last year.
The unit will accommodate 10 individual en-suite bedrooms, in line with guidelines set out by the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and will use best practice guidance in the Better Bedroom Initiative to create a modern, homely environment that will aid recovery.
Each room will also be fitted with specialist media screens that can be personalised with relaxing and meaningful photos, as well as provide a range of services including internet access, radio, TV, games, lighting and temperature control and the means to talk to friends and families.