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Youth council informs on major health changes

by Aerisha Waheed

They asked... we said: The NHS has received three full sheets of A2 full of ideas and opinions about the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust: 2021 Strategy and Change Programme.

As a Boston Youth Councillor, I have many brilliant opportunities to meet, discuss and share my opinions with people who run organisations around Lincolnshire. However, this does not limit my input in conversations to just what I want to say, as I represent many people in the Boston area. This happened to be the case when some NHS representatives for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust: 2021 Strategy and Change Programme came and asked us for our views.

The NHS in Lincolnshire is planning to undergo a large transformation to make the healthcare services in our area more efficient, productive and offer overall better provision for patients and staff.

The NHS has stated itself that it wants the Lincolnshire services to be "centres of excellence, get things right the first time, and be secure in Lincolnshire where possible". The NHS representatives came as part of their engagement and consultation plans, so that they can receive input on issues, and discuss potential solutions to these.

Boston Youth Council members used their own opinions and echoed their peers' voices so that maximum, helpful input could be provided for the consultation.

We brainstormed ideas on three different topics; Workforce, Redesigning Clinical Services, and making a Productive Hospital. This will be filtered and discussed further within the NHS. The discussion was not limited to just regular talk regarding the NHS; we talked about our own experiences to medical TV shows!

This was a very informative and productive experience. We hope that our input and opinions will prove to be helpful for the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan.