Making decisions together

Image of an older man sitting in a wheelchair receiving a hug from his young adult daughterOur population is changing. People are living longer, and our previous research has informed us that many older people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

East Lothian Health and Social Partnership (ELHSCP) is responsible for delivering effective older people’s services.  We want to make sure that we have the services and resources in plcae to support people to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

However we can’t do this alone. We need to draw on the support of all our citizens and communities, to develop high-quality and sustainable services for the future. 

Our aim is to work with East Lothian residents and communities to collectively identify possible options to support the development of high quality sustainable services for older people in the future.

Why get involved?

As a collective entity, we need to discuss, consider and propose options regarding how East Lothian can and will deliver older peoples’ services in the future.  This is an opportunity for you to be part of the conversation, to have a voice, and help co-design the future provision of health and care services - services which will be in place to support either yourself or your parents in older age.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership aims to provide the best health, best care, and best value for the people of East Lothian.   Be part of the conversation that makes this happen.


Where are we now?

At each stage of the engagement process we will provide progress reports on the activities undertaken to date.

April 2024:  We have completed the hurdle criteria exercise which has created a short-list of 61 options which will now be go on to be investigated and modelled further.

Read the latest updates and download progress reports here.

Community Newsletter:  You can also download a copy of our latest community newsletter here. 

April 2024 Newsletter


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Background information

The documents below provide background information, and outline what we are looking to achieve during this engagement period. We encourage you to read these papers to help understand the issues we are consulting on.  

These documents help show a comprehensive picture of the challenges, opportunities, and solutions being proposed.  

Background information

Challenges facing health and social care

Technical documentation

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How are decisions made?

In this section we will explain how we will collate all of the ideas and suggestions from engagement activities together.  How these suggestions are then reviewed, analysed and assessed - including an explaination of the assessment criteria.  How the short list of options will be formed.  And finally how you are able to feedback back on the solutions being proposals.

Making decisions together

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Engagement opportunities

There are lots of opportunities for you to feedback and get involved in the engagement process.  From filling out a questionnaire, to attending an engagement event, providing feedback to your community council / health and wellbeing group, or sending your comments directly.

This page documents the engagement timeline, upcoming events and ways to share your views. 

Engagement opportunities



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