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Eskbridge Patient Participation Group

Eskbridge Medical Practice's Patient Participation Group is holding its first meeting on 29th August 2017 in the Musselburgh Primary Care Centre Group Room from 18:00 – 19:30. This will be an exploratory session to find out what kind of remit people think the group should have and plan future meetings and agendas, which would include the appointment of office bearers, drawing up a constitution and, obviously, looking at practice and wider strategic health and social care matters.

Membership of the group is open to all patients of the Eskbridge Medical Practice. 

We want patients to be able to:

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of services and ensuring their practice is more responsive to needs and wishes of patients 
  • Foster improved communication between the practice and its patients 
  • Help patients to take more responsibility for their health 
  • Provide practical support and help to implement change. 

East Lothian Health and Social Care Strategic Planning Groups 2017 

We are now establishing seven groups, each consisting of a multi-stakeholder themed Strategic Group with a corresponding Working Group which consists of key officers from the Partnership. Each group has a proposed focused remit and these are set out below. Remits will be finalised and agreed when the group is established and the first meeting held.

The groups are:

  • Dementia Strategic Group and Dementia Working Group - remit focus: Development of a local Dementia Strategy and work plan
  • Carers Strategic  Group Cares Working Group - remit focus: Development of a local Carers Strategy and work plan
  • Mental Health Strategic Group and Mental Health Working Group - remit focus: East Lothian Mental Health Strategy / Develop links with local Autism Strategy / Develop Suicide Prevention Strategy and work plan
  • Learning Disability Strategic Group and Learning Disability Working Group - remit focus: East Lothian Learning Disability and work plan.
  • Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Strategy and Working Group - remit focus: East Lothian Physical Disability & Sensory Impairment strategy and work plan
  • Palliative Care Strategic Group and Palliative Care Working Group - remit focus: Lothian IJBs have agreed to a target ‘That no more than 10% of the last six months in life is spent on average in the large hospital setting by 2018/19’.
  • Primary Care Strategic Group and Primary Care Working Group - remit focus: Produce a strategy, to support and develop work within the quality clusters and to develop service delivery models to support primary care services across the county.
Should you be interested in becoming involved in these groups, details of whether there are spaces on the group and how to get involved can be obtained through.

•         East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership - elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk

•         Strive - info@strive.me.uk

•         East Lothian Community Care Forum - info@elccf.org

•         Carers of East Lothian - centre@coel.org.uk

Find out more . . .


Help us to develop our engagement strategy (closed)

Take part in our consultation and mapping excercise

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) is committed to improving outcomes for our population and for the communities in which people live.  Our Strategic Plan describes this commitment and recognises that central to achieving our vision is the involvement of the different perspectives, skills, knowledge and resources of a broad range of people involved both in health and social care services and in our communities.  Our Strategic Plan values the richness and breadth of involvement and articulates a clear aim to build collaborative, meaningful partnerships between all key stakeholders.

Key to this work is the development of a robust engagement strategy. I am sending you a link to the draft East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership engagement strategy and I hope you will be able to provide me with feedback by filling in the associated mapping questionnaire.  You may also send individual responses by email to me but we really hope that as many of you as possible will fill out as much of the questionnaire as possible so that we can map engagement networks that we can tap into (with your permission).

The closing date is 7 April 2017. We would very much like to be able to present an updated strategy, reflecting the information that you have given us, to the next meeting of the East Lothian Integration Joint Board at the end of April.

Please click here to see the ELHSCP consultation document and questionnaire

Big Conversation 2. #OverToYou 

We recently held  Big Conversation 2.#OVerToYou, our second annual consultation event for stakeholders in health and social care integration in East Lothian. Our key note speaker wast Professor Brendan McCormack from QMU and the event was hosted by Iain Shaw from Media Education

See what you said 

Hear what Professor McCormack had to say about developing a 'culture of generosity' in integrated health and social care, view our case studies and see highlights and interviews - Big Conversation video channel 

Allied events 

We also support and/or host events on themes that inform our wider strategic planning, for example, carer identification (in January 2016) and on April 25th 2016 - East Lothian Autism Strategy – one year on . . .

Engagement with people on a one-to-one basis

We encourage people who use our services to play an active role in planning the services they receive. The best example of this is Self-Directed Support, which people who are eligible to choose how they use their support and helps them to have more control. And anyone who uses a social work service should be having regular reviews to see how services are working and to get feedback.

Tell us what you think 

We are always keen to hear from you and to keep you up to date with our plans and opportunities to help to shape them. To keep being involved and to give us your views:

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