Survey highlights health care priorities


The delivery of health and care services in Lincolnshire needs to be changed, according to a survey across the county.

In a series of questions posed to more than 1,000 people 76 per cent agreed that the current system needed transformation.

The survey was conducted across Lincolnshire over the summer on behalf of Lincolnshire Health and Care.

Results also showed that 75 per cent of people felt consistent quality and safety was very important with 35 per cent saying they would travel any distance for specialist treatment including cancer treatment and heart surgery.

The survey, done through online and hard copies, highlighted health services focusing on preventing illness and stepping in early when people need help, access to health services seven days a week and longer opening hours as top priorities

The survey was one of a number of engagement activities undertaken by the LHAC team over the spring and summer with around 10,000 people involved.

The Lincolnshire Health and Care initiative was launched in 2013 to investigate better ways of providing essential health and social care services in the county.

The LHAC board, made up of senior people from all 13 major providers and commissioners of health and care in the county, revealed a blueprint for changes to services late last year.

Proposals included the creation of neighbourhood teams providing joined up services at a community level, more services delivered closer to patients’ homes and a network of local urgent care centres to deal with minor injuries.

Four neighbourhood teams have already been launched in Skegness, Stamford, Lincoln City South and Sleaford - dedicated to creating individual health and care plans for hundreds of patients.

LHAC board member and new chief executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Andrew Morgan said: “The results of this survey do indicate that our determination to revolutionise services has public support, We know we must create a system better focused on patient needs and one which we can sustain in the future and it gives us confidence if the people of the county are behind that drive.

“It is also encouraging to see some of our priorities for change chime with the issues that residents are putting at the top of their list.

“There is more work to do before we can announce a comprehensive range of options for full public consultation but this suggests we are on the right path.”