Interim management arrangements for East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

General Managers

The title Group Service Manager has been replaced by General Manager. This is in line with other HSCPs and describes more accurately the role of the senior managers responsible for our services.

Myself and Iain Gorman Head of Operations (Deputy to Chief Officer) and the General Managers have discussed and agreed the following for an initial period of six months.

Chief Officer Alison Macdonald will continue to line manage:

  • General Manager Acute and Ongoing Care – Lorraine Cowan
  • General Manager Rehabilitation – Lesley Berry
  • General Manager Performance and Planning – Bryan Davies

Head of Operations Iain Gorman will line manage:

  • General Manager Adult Social Work – Rona Laskowski
  • General Manager Statutory Services – Trish Carlyle
  • General Manager Adult Community Services/Mental Health and Learning Disabilities – Gillian Neil

Professional Leads

The professional leads – Chief Nurse, Chief Social Work Officer, Clinical Director and lead AHP – will continue to report directly to the Chief Officer in line with the agreements in the Scheme of Integration

Reporting arrangements to General Managers

There will be no changes to current reporting arrangements for HSCP teams who report to the relevant General Manager.

Social Work Pathway

There is an out standing commitment to reviewing the social work path way and we are committed to progressing this work, reporting to Core Management Team (CMT) and the Strategic Planning Group for information.

The review of the social work pathway will need to be completed by early June

Revising the management structure
A revised management structure is being considered to accommodate these new ways of working; this is yet be finalised. This has led us to make a choice to have interim arrangements in place to ensure that when we, with you, have worked through any new arrangements the management structure can adapt to accommodate.

A number of options need to be considered in relation to the work around Adult Protection, Community Justice, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

Trish will continue in the post General Manager – Statutory Services:

  • Justice social work services
  • Community Justice
  • Carers though this will transition into the social work area at a later date anticipated following the procurement arrangements for carer services
  • SDS to be mapped into the customer journey with Rod continuing to have an operational lead
  • SW lead developing SW Governance arrangements

Rona will assume the post General Manager – Adult Social Work:

  • Assessment and Review
  • Social Work Journey
  • Care Home Team
  • Duty Team
  • SDS

In the interim there will need to be shared management put in place for some elements but we will keep you updated as things change.

The NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme

Would you like to make a difference?

Would you like to be part of something bigger?

The NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme puts trainees on the road to developing the skills and confidence to lead the NHS in Scotland through its transformation into an ever more efficient, successful and professional service.

Could it be a new move for you, or someone you know? Apply now!

  • And ignore the myths – we’ve heard a few!
  • “I need to be a recent graduate” Not true! There is no graduation time limit.
  • “I need to be a young graduate” Not true! There is no applicant age limit.
  • “I need to have a medical qualification” Not true! You need a 2:2 in any subject.
  • “I can only apply once” Not true! Some of our trainees made several attempts before they were successful; we salute their grit and determination.

So…what’s stopping you?

You need at least a 2:2 (in any subject), and the passion, energy, commitment and confidence to lead in the NHS in Scotland. This year, there are six posts: four in General Management and two in Finance Management.

General Management Trainees

You’ll work across a range of Health and Care services in your host Board and across Scotland, as well as gaining an introduction to the role of general managers across the service. You’ll work in a real management post giving you an opportunity to build your knowledge and skills in this complex environment. You’ll get the chance to work and learn alongside some of NHS Scotland’s top leaders and clinicians. You’ll also gain a fully funded masters level qualification.

Apply now!

Finance Trainees

You’ll experience a range of Health and Care services in your host Board and across Scotland, as well as gaining an introduction to the role of financial managers across the service. You’ll work in a real financial management post giving you an opportunity to build your knowledge and skills in this complex financial environment. You’ll get the chance to work and learn alongside some of NHS Scotland’s top leaders and clinicians. You’ll also gain a fully funded CIPFA qualification.

Apply now!

Still not sure? Have a listen to one of our 2019 trainees, Rachel Tardito, talking about why she selected the Scheme.

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland wants to hear from you!

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has today launched a stakeholder survey seeking feedback on our roles and our work. The aim of the survey is to gather the views of people who have been in touch with the Commission, either on a personal or professional basis.  We are looking to find out how well each of our roles and responsibilities is understood, and to hear about how well you think we are doing.

This survey is being conducted by Wellside Research Ltd., an independent research company based in Scotland. All responses are anonymous and will be treated as confidential. Wellside Research will not share individual responses with the Mental Welfare Commission. The survey will take around 15-20 minutes to complete and is available here

The survey also contains information about a stakeholder event we are holding on 10 March so that we can get more detailed views about people’s experiences of the Commission. The event has limited places, so if you would be interested in taking part, please contact Elaine Wilson-Smith from Wellside Research, by phone on 0131 677 5522 or by email at elaine@wellsideresearch.co.uk

Please contact Elaine if you have any questions on the survey itself, too. We invite anyone who has been in contact with us, whether on a regular basis or as a one-off contact, to take part and give us their views. And please do circulate it amongst your networks.

The survey closes at 5pm on 25 February 2020.

A Message to all NHS Lothian Staff from Tim Davison, Chief Executive

Dear Colleagues

I want to let you know that later today I will be announcing my intention to retire in the summer after a career in the NHS that has spanned 37 years, 26 of those at Chief Executive level.

It has been a huge privilege to have played my part in the leadership of one of Scotland’s best loved public services and to complete my career with 8 years at the helm of the NHS Board serving Scotland’s capital city and the surrounding Lothians. I am looking forward now to having time to pursue my many outside interests and to handing the baton of responsibility over to my successor to take NHS Lothian forward into the new decade.

I would like to thank my board, my leadership team and everyone in NHS Lothian for your  unfailing support in what many recognise is a pretty demanding and often unforgiving role. I wish you all future success and happiness’.

With very best wishes,

Tim Davison

New phone number for Harbours Medical Practice

Now, when you phone the Harbours Medical Practice, you will be given options to direct you to the most appropriate help.

This should mean more appointments and less waiting time to see a GP.

Patients ringing the surgery may be directed to a team of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Mental Health Specialists.

Some patients may be seen at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre.

Routine and Nurse appointments should be more available.

You can find more information at https://harbourspractice.co.uk/news.aspx

New East Lothian Council Chief Executive start date

Monica Patterson’s appointment as the new Chief Executive of East Lothian Council will take effect from Monday, 3 February.

It was announced in December that Monica, currently Depute Chief Executive (Partnerships and Community Services), was the preferred candidate to succeed Angela Leitch, who left the council in November.

Meanwhile Alex McCrorie, who replaced Angela Leitch as Chief Executive on an interim basis, will resume his substantive role as Depute Chief Executive (Resources and People Services) from 3 February until his retirement on 30 April.

In resuming his substantive post, Alex will also – following the recent departure of Fiona Robertson – provide leadership to Education and Children’s Services, supported by Chief Operating Officers Lesley Brown and Judith Tait. The process to appoint a successor to Fiona Robertson will be announced in due course.

Deadline looms from ELHF small grants applications

The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (ELHF) understands that sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference to a patient’s experience, be it a more relaxing waiting area, better equipment, activities to improve wellbeing, or better access to information. Our Small Grants provide funding for bright ideas to support staff in improving the patient experience across NHS Lothian.

Members of staff can apply for project grants all year round, and in order to make our support go further, we encourage applications up to £5,000 maximum, to ensure we can help as many teams and departments as possible.

To apply for a Small Grant please go to: http://www.elhf.co.uk/grant-seekers/small-grants/ or contact the Grants Manager on 0131 465 5850 to discuss your project before beginning an application. Past funded projects are also listed on our website at www.elhf.co.uk

The next Small Grants funding round deadline is Friday 1st February 2020.

WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD?

The 2020 Scottish Social Services Awards will open for nominations on Monday 13th January 2020.

This year the awards are merging with the Scottish Association of Social Work awards.  The new partnership will see categories introduced for a Social Worker and Student Social Worker of the Year.

Other changes also include updated categories about ethical practice from the Scottish Social Services Council and leadership in social work from Social Work Scotland.

To mark the merger the ceremony will take place at a new venue in Edinburgh. Finalists and guests will be invited to a special evening event due to take place at The Hub on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from 6pm on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

The full list of categories and entry guidance can be viewed at www.sssa.scot alongside some handy hints and tips and former winning entries.

People have until the 21st February 2020 to enter or nominate an individual or team for an award.

Update from the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Delivery Group

East and Midlothian Public Protection Office has just issued a great list of upcoming training events and online resources. There’s lots here to support all our practice, so please do have a look.

Elected Member briefing note:  Violence Against Women is a Public Health Issue from The Improvement Service.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Forced marriage training for professionals, Edinburgh, 22nd January 2020, 9.30—4pm. The training sessions are designed by Women’s id Scotland Forced Marriage Consortium 2019 (Shakti Women’s Aid, Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Aid).  Training includes:

  • Understand the gendered cultural context of forced marriage and its links to Honour-based violence and domestic abuse.
  • Understand how the Forced Marriage and other legislation, can be used to protect children/adults at risk of forced marriage
  • Understand appropriate responses to identified risk and disclosure of forced marriage
  • Input from Police Scotland
  • Booking through Eventbrite link only. Free to book; £50 charge if fail to attend or notify less than 48 hours of the event. Free event- Lunch/ tea/coffee provided 

New NHS Education Scotland E-module “ Developing your trauma skilled practice”.
In line with the Trauma Skilled practice level of the Scottish Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework, Developing your trauma skilled practice is designed to:

  • Increase learners’ understanding of traumatic events and the different ways that people can be affected by them and
  • Help learners recognise where the impact of trauma might influence their work with people affected by trauma
  • There are 5 learning units plus assessment and takes 1-2 hours to complete. 
  • If you are registered with Turas Learn, Developing your trauma skilled practice can be accessed here.  It is simple and free to register an account with Turas Learn here.  See our website and Twitter account for 12 trauma resources for each of the 12 days of Christmas!  From:  Dr Sandra Ferguson, Associate Director Psychology, Lead for National Trauma Training Programme, NHS Education for Scotland.

The Scottish National Trauma Training Video Series provides short videos on topics such as the national trauma training programme, supporting children and young people to recover from psychological trauma, the window of tolerance (for individuals and for organisations) and the impact of trauma on witnesses.  Access these resources here

Access2safety – new social enterprise providing specialist language support in a range of languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin & more. Our women are trained in Gender Based Violence, Honour Based Violence, FGM. See www.access2safety.co.uk

Recounting Women is an exhibition of work from Scottish Women’s Aid’s participatory photovoice project. The project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse to develop photographs and text that communicate what they want other people to know about domestic abuse, the impact it has on their lives, and what needs to change. Work in this exhibition highlights issues of injustice, homelessness, poverty and isolation identified by the women who took part in the project.  The exhibition is open 24 hours a day. Location: Ocean Terminal (2nd floor),  Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

The Scottish Government has published Recorded Crime in Scotland: 2018-19. The bulletin and associated data tables provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.   The latest record crime stats (see above) show sexual crime at its highest level since records began. Whilst overall crime has risen by 1%, sexual crimes have increased by 8%. Reported rape and attempted rape have more than doubled (increasing by 115%) since 2010-11.

The Scottish Government / CoSLA:  Equally Safe delivery plan: year two update report
Read the second annual progress report for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, published on 25 November 2019. This strategy was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations and was first published in June 2014 – updated version published in March 2016.

BBC item – research by Dr Jane Monckton Smith: patterns of domestic killings, describing an eight-stage pattern.

Article: Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers. (2018). Rebecca Barnes and Catherine Donovan.

Gender edit of protection Scotland’s future: The government’s programme for Scotland 2019/2020, Engender Scotland

‘Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse’ Animation Film, which has been produced following extensive consultation with survivors/survivor support services and with funding from Scottish Government.