Planning together 'This is a real milestone in ELHSCP's development,' says David Small

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is setting up seven new planning groups to help it to deliver its Strategic Directions. Directions are the instructions about resources that the East Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB) issues to East Lothian Council and NHS Lothian each year to allow the IJB and the Partnership to deliver integrated health and social care in East Lothian.

The new strategic planning groups each comprise a multi-stakeholder themed Strategic Group and a corresponding Working Group, which consists of key officers from the Partnership. Each group has a proposed-focused remit as 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.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership Director David Small says:

‘This is a real milestone in ELHSCP’s development. It means that we can start working closely with stakeholders to plan for what’s happening this year, next year and years ahead. Working strategically will help us to make the best of our resources, which is critical in the current financial climate. More importantly, the planning groups give us the opportunity to make sure that stakeholders are equal partners in planning, enabling us to develop innovative, flexible and responsive answers that really meet the health and social care needs of people in East Lothian.’

The groups are still in the process of being established but once set up dates and venues for the various groups will be publicised to interested parties. If you want to find out more about them or see how you might be able to get involved, visit the webpage.

Published: Tuesday, 25th July 2017