HEALTH MATTERS: By By Jenny Hinchliffe, Head of Clinical Services for the South at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
It’s likely you or someone you know will already be using the Trust’s services. Our 2,500 staff care for thousands of patients every day in community hospitals including Johnson Community Hospital, health clinics, minor injuries units and walk-in centres. If housebound, nurses and therapists come to you at home or your place of care.
Health visitors and school nurses support young families; the Trust provides primary care services out of hours; and teams of nurses, therapists and specialists care for those across the county, whether suffering from respiratory conditions, heart problems, diabetes, cancer, or wounds such as leg ulcers.
We strive to provide the very best quality of care and to do that we continuously ask patients and the public to tell us what they think about the services we offer and how we can make them even better.
We are an aspiring Foundation Trust. Foundation Trusts are part of the NHS, but are governed locally rather than centrally.
They have more freedom to develop services that meet the particular needs of their local communities.
A Foundation Trust has a membership of people interested in the NHS and who want to get more involved in their local health services.
This is made up of public, staff, patients and users of services, their families and carers.
Members are vitally important to the Trust as they provide a voice for the people of Lincolnshire and help shape the healthcare services provided. Membership is free and there are a number of ways you can become involved.
Members can stand for election to become a Governor of a Foundation Trust. Governors are elected by members and invited to attend Council of Governor meetings and Annual Public Meetings.
Governors meet and communicate with members and the public and regularly feed back information about the Trust. Many Governors who have additional time to give can also participate in task groups and projects.
Becoming a Governor gives you the opportunity to have a greater say in the way your community healthcare services are run.
For more information please visit www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk or contact our Membership Team on 01522 308857.