Vision: Re-imagining the future of health and care

From The Alliance

The ALLIANCE Annual Conference, 7 – 11 September 2020

Our first week-long online conference includes contributions from high-profile national and international speakers, interactive workshops and webinars, creative and relaxation sessions, film screenings, and much more. Delegates can take part in individual sessions or the whole event onlineThis is a free event.

This year’s event will address the COVID-19 pandemic, and will also look to the future vision for health and social care in Scotland. Themes will include ways to anticipate the care that will be needed in the future, longer term prevention, how people can live independently, and be at the centre of health and social care decisions.

We will also explore how health and social care support and services can achieve good outcomes, and how people and organisations can work together to share ideas and make real, lasting and positive differences.

The ALLIANCE’s Annual Conference makes an important contribution to the integration of health and social care in Scotland. It provides an opportunity for people and organisations to take part in discussions that focus on finding solutions, protecting people’s rights and involving people in decision making.

Find out more and book here.

Wellbeing Wednesday – How are you today?

From ELC’s Email Alert

Hello, how are you today?

This message is for people who are finding life a bit challenging at the moment.  If that is not you, great news. 🙂

Sometimes when we are struggling the most important thing we should focus on is self-preservation.  It’s ok to protect yourself and your needs: whether that means saying no to something we’d usually say yes to, leaving an event early, renegotiating obligations or expectations.  Or asking someone for help.  Do what you can to keep going and make it through one day at a time.  And if that is all you can do, that is more than enough. 

Being really listened to and understood helps – why not get in touch with one of the organisations below:

If you need urgent help: Breathing Space or text “SHOUT” to 85258.

Keep up-to-date with the progress of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

From the Scottish Government

Dear colleagues,

As you will be aware, the Deputy First Minister confirmed on 20 November 2019 that a Bill would be introduced in this Parliamentary session to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

The Scottish Government is committed to a revolution in children’s rights, and this Bill represents a significant step on the road to fully realising the rights of all children and young people in Scotland. By incorporating the UNCRC the Scottish Government will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland, ensuring that children’s rights are built into the fabric of decision-making in Scotland and that these rights can be enforced in the courts.

Please find attached a letter from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, providing a more detailed update on the Bill. Further information about all of the measures provided for in the Bill can also be found on our UNCRC webpage here.

If you would like more information about what the Bill does or you would like to speak to the Bill Team you can get in touch by emailing

Many thanks,

UNCRC Incorporation Bill Team

Download letter from John Swinney

Community listening event to be held in East Lothian

Community listening events are being held across Scotland to hear directly from local people and inform the work of the Social Renewal Advisory Board.

In East Lothian, we are holding our community listening event on Monday, 7 September from 5.45pm-7pm.

We want to hear from and learn from people in our communities, and from our local community groups involved in the response to, or affected, by Covid-19.

We know the impacts of the pandemic will be long lasting and want to hear about your experiences during the pandemic and what will help you in the future.

If you are interested in joining the focus group please If you are planning on making your guests sit on old, unwelcoming chairs throughout the event for hours, think again! linen chair covers tend to not only provide a decent drape to worn out dowdy chairs, but also helps to cover any existing damage to vulnerable parts

COSLA Elected Members’ Briefing 31 August 2020

From Stefanie McCourt, COSLA

The headlines

Read full briefing here

Guidance on children with non-COVID ailments

Advice from the Scottish Government for all parents of school-age children

Education Secretary John Swinney has asked council Directors of Education and Head Teachers to assist in sharing more information on coronavirus to parents and carers.

In addition, Scotland’s National Clinical Director Jason Leitch has written an open letter for parents with answers about when children need to be tested for coronavirus.

Cold-like Symptoms

  • We recommend testing only for those with a continuous cough, fever, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell. The UK senior clinicians continue to keep the symptoms for case definition under review and will continue to use evidence to adjust these if it becomes necessary.

COVID-19 Symptoms

The key symptoms to be aware of are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If a young person or a child in your care develops any of the above symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should book them a test as soon as possible using the online portal at, or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Education Secretary John Swinney said:

“We know that many concerned parents, acting in their children’s best interests, have been keeping children off school. Parents, carers and schools need clear and simple national information, and that is why we are providing further advice today.

“It is critical that we remain vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 and this information explains the actions that we should take if someone develops signs of COVID-19 symptoms, either at school or at home.

“We will ensure that pupils, teachers and other school staff get the support they need to remain safe and feel comfortable in the school environment.”


  • Read National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, letter here.
  • Clear information has also been published on the Parent Club website.
  • Link to relevant NHS Inform web page.

Flu jabs for ELHSCP staff

It’s more important than ever now to get your flu jab so you are all set for the winter flu season. For the whole of October, we will be holding staff flu-jab clinics at venues across East Lothian. Because of COVID-19, these cannot be drop-in clinics, so please book an appointment at a clinic near you as soon as you can (from the 7th September).

To book an appointment

Please phone:

  • 01620 642965 or 642965 on Mon, Tues & Thurs between 10am and 12 noon, or
  • 01620 642824 on Mon-Fri between 2pm and 4pm
  • 01875 824073 (for Randall House appointments)

Find a clinic near you

To download the full list of clinics and venues, click here.

10 Minutes to have your say

From Healthier Scotland

Take part in the Healthier Scotland Everyone Matters Pulse Survey for all health and social care staff. Your voice is important to us, now more than ever. We need to hear from staff about their experiences during this difficult period. The survey focuses on your well-being and we would like everyone to take part – Everyone Matters!

Don’t forget to check your email

You will be emailed very soon with a link to the survey, so please look out for it and fill in the survey when you get it.

Further information

Your responses are confidential and anonymous and the survey runs from 1st – 23rd September 2020. You can take the survey online, via SMS or on paper.

NB: iMatter has been paused for 2020 in favour of this Pulse Survey.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ sheet below or email

  • FAQS
  • Poster (please print off and display if you work in an office-setting)