We are looking for a Care Support Organiser

To be responsible for overseeing the day to day delivery of a Home Care Service Provision within the Home Care Services Team for a specified area in accordance with statutory obligations and Council policies and procedures. 6 month contract, full-time

How to wear a mask

Residents at #CrookstonCareHome are asking everyone to make sure they wear their #facemasks correctly. Their quick guide gives you the dos and don’ts.

Please follow the guidance about where, when and how to wear a mask.

Wearing a face mask properly protects you, them and everyone else.

Thank you for doing your bit to keep East Lothian safe and healthy.

Community engagement

From Susan Austin, Community Engagement Officer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Our website has a new section on Engaging Differently, to share tips, information and case study examples on how to meaningfully engage with communities at a distance. In addition to digital, we’re also interested in re-purposing and adapting existing tools and approaches. Here’s a link to the site:

Susan Austin

Community Engagement Officer
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Community Engagement
St Roque
Astley Ainslie Hospital
133 Grange Loan
t: 0131 446 4322
m: 07929026574

New guidance on repurposing medicines during COVID-19

The Care Inspectorate and NHS Scotland have produced updated guidance for care homes and hospices on repurposing prescription medicines during the pandemic.

Our fortnightly report to the Scottish Parliament

Under the duties placed on us by the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act, we report to the Scottish Parliament fortnightly on our inspections activity. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings.  This enables us to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and people’s wellbeing.  The reports we lay before Parliament are in addition to our normal process of publishing full inspection reports, which we will publish in due course. 

The report laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 September is here. 

Keep East Lothian safe and healthy

From Alex McCrorie, Depute Chief Executive, East Lothian Council

Ahead of the September holiday weekend I would like to thank all staff for your continued commitment to making a difference in these unprecedented and challenging times.

Our priority has been to keep the people of East Lothian safe and informed and ensure that we continue to deliver the essential services. This we have managed to do and our collective efforts have been, and continue to be, appreciated by local communities and businesses.

Last week, the First Minister made it quite clear that the country continues to be in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map, and we all need to continue to follow health guidelines to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19. This is particularly important as we move towards winter when the NHS has to manage the usual seasonal rise in hospital admissions and increased need for GP care.

Last week also saw the launch of the new Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland. Test and Protect is a free mobile phone app, easy to download and is designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdown. 

In East Lothian we have seen some localised positive Covid-19 cases and by working closely with health colleagues we have put into place the appropriate measures and support for those most vulnerable. The Council Management Team will continue to provide updates to staff as appropriate and we recognise and hugely appreciate that many members of staff are working in different ways or taking on new roles to provide continuity of services. That is why it’s so important that you all take some time off when you can.

To those staff off this weekend I hope you have a restful time and can switch off work pressures. Some of our colleagues of course will continue to work or be on call over this holiday period. In addition to my thanks to these colleagues I would also like to reiterate the importance of taking time off when suitable.

However you choose to enjoy your weekend please remain vigilant and follow current health guidelines around the importance of regular hand washing, avoiding crowded spaces, wearing face coverings where appropriate, physical distancing and seeking medical advice if you or a family member develop symptoms including a fever, loss of taste or smell or new continuous cough.

Board Members Needed for Volunteer Centre East Lothian

From Maureen Allan, VCEL Chief Officer

Volunteer Centre East Lothian (VCEL) is the local Third Sector Interface for communities, charities and other organisations in East Lothian. It is a registered Charity operated as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Having undergone a period of restructuring and change we need members of the public to join our Board. We are keen to recruit members of the local community in East Lothian who are motivated, experienced and passionate about “building back better”.

Board meetings are currently held monthly at our offices or via Teams on the last Tuesday of every month 1730-2000hrs.

To find out more about joining the Board, please email Tshearer@volunteereastlothian.org.uk

Get help with your electricity and heating bills

Information from Ceri Smalridge at Changeworks for ELHSCP staff, partners and the people we support

We are now spending more time at home because of COVID-19. This means using more heating, hot water and electricity, and for some a decrease in income too. Changeworks’ Affordable Warmth Advisers can help you keep your home warm and your heating and electricity bills low.

  • We can help you:
  • Understand your heating and electricity bills
  • Switch to different suppliers
  • Talk to your energy company on your behalf
  • Access emergency credit and funds
  • Keep your bills down

Our advisers can contact you via telephone, email or video call.

Call 0131 555 4010 or email warmth@changeworks.org.uk

For more information visit changeworks.org.uk