Find out more about the progress of health and social care integration in East Lothian

East Lothian IJB launched its first Annual Performance report at its August meeting last Thursday (24th August 2017). IJB members welcomed the report which showed health and social care integration had achieved some very positive outcomes for people in East Lothian.  They heard that 95% of adults supported at home are able to look after their health very well or quite well (the Scottish average is 94%). Ninety-two per cent of adults supported at home agreed that their services and support had an impact on improving or maintaining their quality of life.

Success stories include the launch of the new Help with Independent Living and Daily Activity (HILDA) self-help web site; 1st Response mental health drop-in sessions; the Care Home Team, Hospital at Home and Hospital to Home Teams.

However, there are also areas that the IJB needs to focus on this year, including looking at how to reduce emergency admissions to hospital; helping more people to have end-of-life care at home or in a homely setting; continuing to drive up care service inspection grades, and continuing to build the positive experience of GP care, currently sitting at 85% in East Lothian.

East Lothian IJB Chief Officer David Small said:

‘Integrated working has huge potential benefits, for example, sharing knowledge and skills and making better use of resources to secure better outcomes for people in East Lothian. One of the great strengths of health and social care integration in Scotland is that it also provides the opportunity to engage in longer-term, sustainable planning, which, in East Lothian, will help us to achieve our vision of best health, best care, best value for our communities.

‘Our first year has been about integrating our health and social care management and service teams and reshaping commission and delivering of services in line with our strategic vision. Much of the report is very positive but there are also areas where we could be doing better. Therefore our report includes not just performance information for 2016/17 but also tells you about how we are now addressing these issues. Next year, I hope to be talking to you about the success of projects like the Musselburgh Hub and the positive impact of our seven new strategic groups.’

The report also covers the wide range of stakeholder engagement activities that had taken place throughout 2016/17, including the Big Conversation, carer identification and autism strategy event and the year-long development of care at home services engagement.

East Lothian IJB Chair Peter Murray said:

‘Partnership working is key to everything that we do. We can only progress on the back of sustained conversations with all of our stakeholders.’

Published: Tuesday, 5th September 2017