Consultation open until 12th March

East Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB) is discussing the initial draft of the IJB Strategic Plan for 2019-22 at their meeting on the 28th February. The draft, which has been out for consultation since December 2018, sets out the direction of travel for the IJB and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership for the next three years.
The strategic plan revolves around 10 strategic objectives:

  • To make health and social care services in East Lothian more sustainable and proportionate to need and to develop our communities
  • To explore new models of community provision that involve local communities and encourage less reliance on health and social care services
  • To improve prevention and early intervention
  • To reduce unscheduled care and delayed discharges
  • To provide care closer to home
  • To deliver services within an integrated care model
  • To enable people to have more choice and control
  • To reduce health inequalities
  • To build and support partnership working
  • To support change and improvement across our services.

The Strategic plan is underpinned by strategic priority areas for change:

  • Primary care
  • Adults with complex needs
  • Adults affected by mental health and substance misuse issues
  • Shifting care from acute hospitals to community settings
  • Support to carers.

The response to the plan from the online survey launched in December (and still open) has been very positive and we have used the feedback that people have given us to inform this draft of the strategy. The consultation is far from over. The online survey is open until 12th March 2019 and we are holding a Big Conversation Working Breakfast consultation event at the Brunton Hall on 7 March 2019 from 08.30 to 13.00. This is for all stakeholders, is free and if you want to book a place, please email The final plan, reflecting stakeholder feedback, will come to the IJB meeting in March for approval.

East Lothian Integration Joint Board Chair Peter Murray says:

‘The Strategic Plan is incredibly important as it will shape the future of health and social care in East Lothian over the next three years and longer. We hope that we’ve got the balance right. The feedback so far suggests that we have and the respondents have helped us to understand what’s really important to communities. Some things, like child and adolescent mental health, are outwith our control but we have had a lot of very helpful input and ideas, which are reflected in the plan.

‘The plan and the survey are online and there is still time to take part. I do urge people to take part in the survey or come to our event on the 7th. We want to know what’s important to you within the six priority areas of the Strategic Plan. Everyone in East Lothian uses at least one of our services and it’s really important that we work together on their future development.’

Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019