East Lothian Council

Integrating health and social care in East Lothian

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Carers - take our quick questionnaire

Under the new Carers Act, health and social care partnerships must set out local eligibility criteria for carers. They must consult and involve carers and representative organisations in developing criteria for their area. We are now consulting on our eligibility criteria to see what you think. We have been engaging with carers, carers’ organisations, other advice and advocacy organisations on the draft eligibility criteria since June 2017 and in October 2017, we opened a consultation. It's easy to take part in the consultation - just click on the following link and talk our five-minute questionnaire  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RCDVFS3

This consultation closes on 31 December 2017. Thank you for taking part. :-)

Health and Social Care Area Partnership Forums

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership wants to engage with communities on major health and social care developments that affect your immediate area. We already have one Forum working at Belhaven and we are now setting up two others - one for the the North Berwick area and one for the NOrth Berwick area..


We would like you to contribute to the vision for the re-provisioning of local health and social care services. This includes:

  • Current issues with the physical environments of older council care homes and older hospitals
  • Best practice and innovation in how to meet the needs of older people 
  • Best practice and innovation in health and social care integration and joint working
  • A joint strategy to meet health and social care needs
  • Financial matters.

We want to make sure that each of our forums is broadly representative and equitable. We would like the forums to discuss and agree action plans with ELHSCP. The plans will contribute to ELHSCP decision making, and service provision and development. The forums will provide feedback on the community’s needs, concerns and interests, and challenge ELHSCP constructively whenever necessary. They will give the community a voice in the organisation and delivery of their local health and social care.

Contact us at elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk if you would like more information.

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.

Find out more . . .

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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