We are Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), the primary community healthcare provider in Lincolnshire delivering community-based services aimed at supporting people to manage their own health at home and reducing the need for people to go into hospital.
We care for thousands of patients every day, in partnership with other health and social care services, to deliver joined-up care in community settings. The intention is to provide good out of hospital care and avoid admissions into acute hospitals.
By providing community-based services aimed at preventing health problems from getting worse, we help to reduce the need for people to go into hospital. The trust works closely with other health and social care services to support a shift from care in acute hospitals, into more joined-up care in the community, close to home.
The NHS England Five Year Forward View outlines the NHS
commitment to improving efficiency and access to services. There is a greater
emphasis on the public taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing,
particularly obesity, smoking and alcohol related illness. The NHS, both
nationally and locally, has been tasked with taking decisive steps to break
down the barriers in how care is provided between family doctors and hospitals,
between physical and mental health, between health and social care.
The Lincolnshire healthcare community has been working
together on a ‘whole system’ approach to delivering healthcare in the county,
working under the title of the Lincolnshire NHS.
The vision for the Lincolnshire health and care programme is
for a significant shift from acute hospital care towards community care. LCHS
is central to delivering this vision with its combination of community
hospitals, urgent care services and community based teams comprised of;
community nursing, therapy, reablement, palliative care, public health and
children’s health and social care services; all delivering great care, close to
Along with 43 other areas in England, healthcare
commissioning and provider organisations in Lincolnshire have collaborated
during 2016/17 to draw up a sustainability and transformation plan (STP) for
Lincolnshire which was submitted to NHS England in December 2016.
The Lincolnshire STP details the changes required to enable
the Lincolnshire healthcare system to develop and deliver upon its plan. The
shift from single organisational priorities to a whole system approach has led
to the development of a new governance system, outlined below.
LCHS remains at the forefront of the whole system approach.
The Lincolnshire coordinating board is chaired by Elaine Baylis, Chair of LCHS
and the system executive team is chaired by LCHS Chief Executive, Andrew
Morgan. Both the STP programme board and the programme management office have a
high level of participation from LCHS staff.
Click here to go to the Lincolnshire NHS website