LHB46  Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 LHB46
Title:  Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Administrative dates: 2000-2004
Dates of Creation of Material: 1999-2004
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description:  1 linear metre

Name of creator(s): Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust
Administrative History: In 1993, each of the existing units that made up Lothian Health Board made an application to become an NHS Trust under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The Trusts were not directly managed by Lothian Health Board: they were within the NHS but as distinct organisations independent of the health board. Each Trust had its own chairmen and boards of directors. On 1 April 1994, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit became Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust; the Edinburgh Child Health Unit became Edinburgh Sick Children’s NHS Trust; and the Western General Hospitals Unit became Western General Hospitals NHS Trust.

 In December 1997, a white paper entitled ‘Designed to Care’ was published. It recommended a greater patient perspective in health care and a reduction in the number of trusts in Lothian from six to three. Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust (LUHT) was formed consisting of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust; Western General Hospitals Trust; and Edinburgh Sick Children’s Trust. 

In March 2003, the NHS white paper ‘Partnership for Care’ was published. This recommended the dissolution of NHS trusts and a move to a single system with decision making being taken at local level. Contracts were transferred from various trusts and boards to NHS Lothian. This resulted in the dissolution of the trusts; on 1 January 2004, LUHT dissolved to become an operating division of Lothian NHS Board, known as NHS Lothian – University Hospitals Division.

Archival History: Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: RIE/15, RIE/16, RIE/50, Acc 07/07

Scope and Content: Agenda papers and minutes of the Board, 1999-2003; agenda papers of the Executive Management Team, 1999-2002; agenda papers and minutes of the Directors/Trustees, 2000-2003; agenda papers and minutes of Committees, 1999-2004

Accruals: Further accessions are unlikely.
System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access: Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the current Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland).
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Alison Scott
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: August 2010