Just a wee reminder that corporate parenting training planned for Jan, Feb and March this year. The training will be delivered by Who Cares? Scotland and the East Lothian Champions Board. This is multi-agency training so please share this with you teams and colleagues and encourage attendance. To book a space see the links and dates below.
Key points from Nicola Sturgeon’s parliamentary statement on Wednesday 13 January 2021
The First Minister announced are six changes to current restrictions. The regulations giving effect to these will, subject to parliament’s approval, take effect on Saturday.
Availability and operation of click and collect retail services will be limited. Only retailers selling essential items will be allowed to offer click and collect. This will include, for example, clothes and footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books. All other click and collect services will stop. More importantly, for click and collect services that are allowed, staggered appointments will need to be offered to avoid any potential for queuing, and access inside premises for collection will not be permitted.
Secondly, we intend to apply restrictions to takeaway services. Customers will no longer be permitted to go inside to collect takeaway food or coffee. Any outlet wishing to offer takeaway will have to do so from a serving hatch or doorway. This reduces the risk of customers coming into contact indoors with each other, or with staff.
Thirdly, we intend to change the rules around consumption of alcohol. At the moment, different parts of Scotland have different laws in relation to the consumption of alcohol in outdoor public places. However, from Saturday, it will be against the law in all level 4 areas of Scotland to drink alcohol outdoors in public. This will mean, for example, that buying a takeaway pint and drinking it outdoors will not be permitted. This is intended to underline and support the fact that we should only be leaving home just now for essential purposes. That includes exercise or recreation but not simple socialising. And when you do leave the home, you should only meet one person from another household, in a group no bigger than two people. That includes exercise or recreation but not simple socialising. And when you do leave the home, you should only meet one person from another household, in a group no bigger than two people.
Fourthly, and significantly, we intend to strengthen the obligation on employers to allow their staff to work from home whenever possible. The law already says that we should only be leaving home to go to work if it is work that cannot be done from home. This is a legal obligation that falls on individuals. However we will now introduce statutory guidance to make clear to ensure that employers support employees to work from home wherever possible. For all employers, the basic but vital message is that if your staff were working from home during the first lockdown, they should be working from home now and you should be facilitating that.
Fifth, we will strengthen the provisions in relation to work inside people’s houses. We have already issued guidance to the effect that in level 4 areas work is only permitted within a private dwelling if it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household. We will now put this guidance into law.
The final change is an amendment to the regulations requiring people to stay at home. However, this is intended to close an apparent loophole rather than change the spirit of the law. It will also bring the wording of the stay at home regulations in Scotland into line with the other UK nations. Right now, the law states that people can only leave home for an essential purpose. However, having left home for an essential purpose, someone could then stay out of their home to do something that is not essential without breaching the law as it stands. So the amendment will make it clear that people must not leave or remain outside the home unless it is for an essential purpose. This change will provide legal clarity to facilitate any necessary enforcement. This does not change the range of essential purposes that currently enable people to leave their house – nor does it, for example, put any time limit on how long you can be outdoors for essential exercise. But it does mean that if the police challenge you for being out of the house doing something that is not essential, it will not be a defence to say you initially left the house to do something that was essential.
We can’t do everything for everyone and even if we did have seven arms it wouldn’t be enough. For everyone who is a parent, teacher or carer – you are doing an amazing job, you really are. Even if sometimes it may not feel like that to you.
For anyone who feels like they have to be octopus armed, we are only humans not magical super robots or an octopus. Be kind to yourself in terms of your expectations. Humour helps as does managing your boundaries – see Further reading below.
If we know others are struggling with juggling, we can ask how we can help or find a way to make their day a bit easier. We can be realistic in our requests of others, acknowledging what they are managing at the moment and reminding them that we can’t do everything for everyone.
Stepping Out has published their online Photo a Day exhibition, which documents connecting during lockdown between May and September 2020. People were invited to take photos of something they noticed, brought pleasure, lifted the heart, made them smile, surprised them or brought back memories. Have a look at the results at https://sites.google.com/…/photo-a-day-project/photo-a-day
Have a look – it will cheer your day up if you do !
Head of Primary and Preventative Care Services – including Primary Care, Urgent Care, Dental, Health Promotion & Improvement, Children’s Services, Sexual Health, local area co-ordination and Allied Health Professions
Head of Community Care Services – including Community Hospitals, Care Homes, Home Care and Community Health Services
Head of Complex and Critical Services – including Mental Health; Psychology, Learning Disability and Adult Social Work
Posts are open to both NHS and Local Authority employment (as outlined in the recruitment pack and T&Cs.)
A huge thanks to everyone for the fun “digital and socially distanced” send off last week. The kind words, cards and video messages were very special. Your generosity has really overwhelmed me and is much appreciated. I really love my gifts, Gin and flowers and am already making use of my Sense fitbit which gently nudges me when I watch too much TV or sit too long! It definitely is keeping me focused on moving more and I hope will keep me ahead of the lifecurve on the next chapter of my ageing journey!
I have had the pleasure of celebrating many special birthdays and “doos” with you all over the years and feel I have had my fair share of celebrations. I know 2020 has not enabled us to do things how we want to but we hope to again soon! I do feel privileged to have worked with you all and to have your support over the years – you are the success story to supporting those people most in need in EL.
It just leaves me to say au revoir and hopefully we will stay in touch. It has been a great experience and I look forward to hearing about all your great achievements in the future! Hopefully we will definitely get together for a celebration bash later in the year.