We’re hiring!

Senior Business Support Assistant – Access & Older People, Planning & Performance (2 vacancies). Permanent, full and part-time. More info at https://bit.ly/2NMz0TW

Senior Business Support Assistant – Adult Services. Permanent, full time. More info at https://bit.ly/38kdmzZ

Community Care Worker. Permanent, full time. More info at https://bit.ly/31AQScM

Senior Business Support Assistant – Adult Services. Permanent, part-time. More info at https://bit.ly/2YQloNJ

Update on reprovisioning/transforming services for older people from last Thursday’s IJB

Several readers have asked for more information on reprovisioning/transforming services for older people and the discussion that took place at the IJB last Thursday. You might find this article in The East Lothian Courier interesting as it gives you a short overview of what was said.

The Minutes of the meeting won’t be available until just before the next meeting, but we will share them on Alison’s Blog as soon as they go live so that you can read about the discussion in more detail.

Important message from Disclosure Scotland

All routine applications are now being accepted. Apply online: https://bit.ly/2Vl6HA2

Additional information from East Lothian Council

PVG Update

Please be advised that Disclosure Scotland are now accepting all PVG and Disclosure applications.  For those who, since the beginning of April, have recruited staff and have completed a risk assessment, we now need a completed PVG form on-line and to receive the accompanying verifications.  A member of the Disclosure team will be in touch shortly to request this. 

For those that will be recruiting to roles undertaking regulated work,  PVG form completion is now on line.  Guidance is available on Elnet for recruiting mangers and applicants.     

Connected Communities – e bulletin 3

Lorraine Congalton, ELC Community Development Officer, writes…

Welcome to our third e-bulletin July 2020, which focuses on creative and safe use of digital media to stay connected.   

As we enter the recovery phase from COVID-19 and reflect on the past few months one thing that has become common place is our daily use of digital communication and technology.  This only looks like it will continue therefore it seems sensible to consider how we continue to communicate in a safe and agile way.  This bulletin will focus on how groups connect and function digitally.  Our next bulletin will focus on digital platforms for young people.
Here are some examples of collaborative digital working across East Lothian from our Connected Communities teams and Community Centres

The link to the full newsletter is here

Lorraine Congalton
Community Development Officer
Mobile 07976596112

This week’s COSLA Elected Members briefing

From Stefanie McCourt, Policy Assistant – Media and Communications, COSLA

Welcome to the latest Elected Members Bulletin, your weekly update from COSLA covering issues related to COVID-19. Information and resources can also be found on COSLA’s social media accounts, with the Facebook account and Twitter account updated on a regular basis. The COSLA website can be found at cosla.gov.uk. Read the full briefing here.

Care Inspectorate Care Homes for Older People- Sharing your experiences and learning from COVID-19

From the Care Inspectorate

We recognise that this has been a really challenging and difficult time for many people working in social care. Over the coming months the Care Inspectorate would like to hear directly from you about your experiences. We will be working with a selection of partners across health and social care to learn what we can from how services dealt with the challenges and how new and innovative practice was quickly put in place with great impact. We will share your experiences with government and senior leaders across health and social care and key partners. This is your opportunity to let us know what these past few months have actually felt like on the frontline and what we can all learn from these experiences.

If you are a manager, carer, senior carer, nurse or have another role working in a care home for older people we would like to hear to from you. We are planning to arrange telephone calls or Near Me (whatever works best for you) to listen to your experiences. Conversations will last about 45mins.

While we are keen to hear your experiences of recent months we hope that you might also be willing to continue to link in with us to give your thoughts and opinions on a wide range of topics including how we support services to improve and what changes to adult social care could look like.

While this first phase is engaging with staff in care homes for older people we will be expanding this over time to hear from other staff across social care.

Please email us at improvementsupport@careinspectorate.gov.scot if you are interested in being involved. We will arrange calls with a selection of people so as to have a representative group from across the country. Please let us know the following


Role: Manager, carer, senior carer, nurse or other role

Name and address of care home for older people:

Type of Care Home: Independent Sector/Third/Voluntary Sector/Local Authority

Find out more about our work at www.careinspectorate.com

Contact us

You are magic!

From East Lothian Council Email Alert

PAM Assist, our Employee Assistance Programme provider, have recorded a webinar called “Maintaining a Positive Mindset During Difficult Times”.  The purpose is to understand how to deal with change productively during the current climate and for anytime in our lives.   It is about 30 minutes long and very easy to listen to.  https://youtu.be/eeNMz2dExEE