Alzheimer’s Scotland local news

From Michael Huddleston, Dementia Adviser, Edinburgh & Lothians, Alzheimer Scotland

Dear All

I hope you are well. Please see below for this week’s update from Alzheimer Scotland Mid and East Lothian:

  • A reminder that Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk is taking place over the weekend of 19-20 September. Please visit to sign-up for free. Walkers can fundraise, donate, or simply take part! Download the Memory Walk poster here.

There are still some spaces remaining for Alzheimer Scotland’s “An Audience With…” event on Wednesday 2nd September. This is a brilliant opportunity for football fans to interact with three legends of the Scottish game: Tam Cowan – football journalist and radio presenter; Alan Rough – former Scottish footballer; and Barry Ferguson – MBE Scottish football coach. Tickets cost £10 with all proceeds going to Alzheimer Scotland. There will also be a live auction with some fantastic prizes on offer.

  • National Galleries of Scotland have shared their programme of Dementia Friendly online activities, which include a mix of live and pre-recorded material, starting from September. Find out more here.
  • The Scottish Parliament’s “Health and Sport Committee” have a survey out looking into social care for adults over 18. People receiving care at home, their family and unpaid carers can all submit answers with a view to informing how social care will be provided going forward: Responses are required by September 7th.

Alzheimer Scotland continue to provide support, information and advice by telephone and video consultation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns we can support you to address – telephone numbers below.

Take care

Michael Huddleston
Dementia Adviser
Edinburgh & Lothians
0131 654 1114  
07831 859490 
Alzheimer Scotland
3 Edinburgh Road
EH22 1LA

Covid-19 Mental Welfare Commission Advice Note (updated 28 August)

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic

In light of this we have produced this updated advice note (version 14) for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients.

Please read this Advice Note and share it with colleagues who may find it helpful. Please also note that it will likely be updated frequently as the situation develops. We will issue updates, but please also check our website for the latest version.

We hope you find this helpful and ask that you email us at if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the Advice Note here.

With our staff now all working from home, please also see here for details of contacting the Commission at this time.

Grant funding from community and voluntary organisations from ELHSCP

East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership would like to invite voluntary and community rrganisations to apply for grant funding towards the development of health and social care services and the promotion of social welfare within East Lothian.   Grant funding is available for project activities between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022.  The grant funding application and allocation process will continue on an annual basis thereafter.

Find out more here.

World Patient Day

From Joanne Matthews, Head of Improvement Support and Safety, Improvement Hub (ihub)

Dear Colleagues,

With World Patient Safety Day fast approaching, l am writing to share with you the latest resources that have been developed to support your activities to mark the day. This update includes the QI Connect Flyer with registration details for Professor Michael West’s session on Compassionate Leadership and a twitter graphic you may wish to use for local leadership commitments and social media campaign. Also attached is the original background information just in case anyone needs it again.

Thank you for the ongoing support with this important day and we look forward to seeing your local campaigns in September.

Further information

Meanwhile, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,


Joanne Matthews
Head of Improvement Support and Safety
Improvement Hub (ihub)
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
Delta House | 50 West Nile Street | Glasgow | G1 2NP
0131 623 4390 ext 8968

Care Inspectorate Provider Update

Guidance on adult social care building-based day services

Further to  the letter from Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, and Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, of 3 August, published on the Scottish Government website, we would now like to draw your attention to the Guidance on adult social care building-based day services, published today.

In partnership with Shared Care Scotland, we have also produced an operational guide Back to Business – a guide for the reopening of day services for adults in Scotland

Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Bulletin: 27 August 

The Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit released a new issue of the Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Bulletin on 27 August. 

The bulletin shares important cyber security information from trusted sources, including the National Cyber Security Centre, Police Scotland and Trading Standards Scotland.

Calling all Community Councils, Resilient Community SPoCs, Connected Communities, TRAs and Elected Members

From Sandy Baptie, Emergency Planning, Risk and Resilience Manager, Protective Services, East Lothian Council

Just a quick email to highlight that the Foundation Scotland/NET Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund has reopened for applications between £1,000 and £5,000.

The fund is now focusing on Recovery and will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.

More information here.

You can also keep up to date on any 3rd sector funding programmes at the SCVO’s coronavirus hub too

Please forward this information appropriately.

Coaching for Wellbeing

Do you want to be more active in caring for your health and wellbeing during Covid-19, but not sure what to focus on?

Do you want to make the most of your strengths during this time, and preserve
your energy as much as possible? Are you supporting other colleagues or team members during the Covid-19 pandemic?

If the answer to any one of these questions is “Yes” you may want to think about taking up one of the free coaching options designed specifically to support all health and social services staff in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find out more by downloading the Coaching for Wellbeing Info pack

MS Teams Training

From NHS Lothian E-Health Team

NHS Scotland are providing online training sessions to all Health Boards in the use of Microsoft Teams. These are designed to familiarise you with the software and how to get the best out of Teams. Teams is now the default for online communication and training is highly recommended for all staff.

The sessions are delivered via Teams, and last approximately one hour. Advance registration is not required.

You can join by clicking on the links below or go to the Events Page, for further information and where you can add them directly to your calendar.