Public consultation in the NHS is a formal process through which the NHS listens to the views of the public relating to service change proposals.
In this particular process, the authority consulting is the NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The review work leading to consultation has been undertaken in partnership with clinicians from the NHS trusts (the organisations who provide the services) in Lincolnshire. The largest are these are introduced below.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) provides accident and emergency, outpatients, inpatient and maternity services in the acute hospitals in Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and Grantham and District Hospital.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) delivers community-based services aimed at supporting people to manage their own health at home and in community hospitals: County Hospital Louth, John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough, Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, Skegness Hospital.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) provides specialist health services for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. Our providers are supported by primary care services in the local communities. Primary care includes GP practices, support services and voluntary organisations. Whilst the Lincolnshire population is served by a number of acute hospital trusts, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) is by far the largest provider in terms of the number of residents cared for.