Public can shape the future of healthcare

LCHS Membership Manager Matthew Broughton
LCHS Membership Manager Matthew Broughton

Members of the public are being given the chance to help shape the future of community healthcare services under new plans.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has announced it is aspiring to become a Foundation Trust.

As part of that residents are being urged to get directly involved in how the organisation operates in the future as the largest provider of out-of-hospital care with the soon to be established Council of Governors.

The council will be a collection of trust members and representatives from across the community who will be tasked with ensuring the trust is accountable to local communities.

It will also have a say in service developments and how the organisation is run.

An information session for potential governors to find out what they need to know about the new council will be held at the Len Medlock Centre, in St George’s Road, Boston, on Tuesday, from 6-8pm.

Matthew Broughton, membership manager at LCHS, said: “Making sure our membership is representative of the communities we serve is vital to us and the Council of Governors has an important role to play in that.

“Our governors need to be full of ideas about how each of our services could improve, and they will want to make a difference for others to make patient experiences better.

He added: “These elected voluntary members will become ambassadors for their local community, where everyone is a potential patient of our trust.”

To book and confirm attendance to the Boston event or find out about the other sessions in the county contact Carolyn Barlow on 01529 220300.