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Street Cones premiere

ELHSCPs Justice Social Work service have been working with Street Cones (Road to Change) to help people with Community Payback Orders to complete some of their unpaid work hours during the Covid pandemic. They would now like to invite you to watch the livestream – a short video focusing on themes identified from the performance, followed by a panel Q&A and the opportunity to submit questions via YouTube/Facebook.

You can register for the event here – https://booksandcovers.eventbrite.com

The Local Third Sector Needs You – Can You Be Their Voice?


Delegate System Election Summer 2021

Volunteer Centre East Lothian (VCEL) operates a delegate system to co-ordinate representation of the third sector at strategic partnerships, groups and meetings. This system is managed by VCEL as the Third Sector Interface and operates on two levels.

Elected Delegates

Elected Delegates represent East Lothian’s third sector within the East Lothian Partnership and Health and Social Care Strategic Planning frameworks. Elections are undertaken in a two year cycle. An election of new delegates will be taking place in summer 2021. Voting is open to all organisations who register with VCEL.

Specialist Delegate Pool

VCEL also recruits a pool of delegates who can represent East Lothian’s third sector on strategic planning project teams, short life working groups and one off or specialist groups.

If you would like to know more about the role, need a representative to attend meetings or interested in becoming a delegate for the third sector in East Lothian please complete the Delegate Nomination Form.

Racism in Scottish Social Work: a 2021 snapshot

The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has launched a report exploring racism in Scottish Social Work

Racism in Scottish Social Work: a 2021 snapshot is the result of ongoing work undertaken by SASW including a survey, which ran towards the end of 2020, and an anti-racism roundtable in March 2021, all in collaboration with members with lived experience.

The report provides evidence that:

  • Racism exists within social work in Scotland
  • Racism is experienced in both employment and education settings, from colleagues, managers and people who use services
  • The impact of racism on social workers from BAME backgrounds is significant
  • When racism is reported it is rarely dealt with in a satisfactory way
  • Racism experienced within social work is harmful, both to individuals and to the profession

On the launch, Alison Bavidge, National Director, said:

We asked social workers about their experiences of racism.  What they told us shows we have a long way to go to ensure our workplaces and educational settings are free from discrimination based on race.  This report will lay the foundations for SASW’s own anti-racism strategy and action plan for the next three years as part of a wider equalities, diversity and inclusion programme throughout BASW UK. SASW will be working to consider its own position in terms of representation on our National Standing Committee, staff group, whether our systems act against diversity and so on.  We will also engage with universities and social work leaders in Scotland to work positively, collaboratively and to learn from each other to eradicate this exhausting and harmful abuse”

Read the report here

Mental Welfare Commission publishes two reports for consideration by the Scottish Mental Health Law Review

Advance statements

In the first of two reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission, new analysis shows very low use of advance statements by people who are detained for treatment and who are visited by doctors appointed by the Commission. An advance statement is written by a person when they are well, setting out the care and treatment they would prefer or would dislike should they become mentally unwell again in the future. A person’s advance statement should be regarded by their psychiatrist, the designated medical practitioner, and the Mental Health tribunal for Scotland.

While advance statements were introduced in the 2003 Mental Health Act as important safeguards for individuals, the Commission’s new analysis shows that only 6.6% of people being detained for treatment under the Act over a three and a half year period (to December 2020) had written an advance statement. The report published today analyses the data and makes recommendations to health boards to improve uptake of advance statements. It also make suggestions for the Scottish Mental Health Law Review to consider as part of its current work.

Significantly impaired decision-making ability

The second report published today by the Commission is a research paper focusing on one of the criteria – significantly impaired decision making ability (SIDMA) – used when doctors consider that a person requires compulsory treatment. Significantly impaired decision-making ability is a concept unique to Scottish law. It was also introduced in 2003 Act as part of efforts to reduce discrimination and incorporate greater respect for patient autonomy.

Today’s research paper finds poor practice in recording and describing the presence of significantly impaired decision-making ability in the individual concerned in almost every one of 100 compulsory treatment forms examined. While it is not a legal requirement to record that detail, the Commission believes it is important to do so. Again, the Commission asks the Scottish Mental Health Law Review team to consider these findings and make changes for the future.

Dr Arun Chopra, medical director at the Mental Welfare Commission, said:

“We undertook this research and are publishing these reports today because we believe they will be of interest to the Scottish Mental Health Law Review as it develops its thinking on the future of mental health laws in this country.

“Both of the subjects we explore – advance statements, and the concept of significantly impaired decision-making ability – were introduced to law in the 2003 Mental Health Act.

“Both sought to bring about more consideration of individuals’ rights, but today’s research shows that while the concepts were and are good, the practice has not achieved what it set out to do.

“We hope that by having this factual analysis the Scottish Mental Health Law Review team will be more able to take forward ideas for change.

“We would be happy to attend a session of the relevant group to discuss the findings and legislative ideas further.” Copies of the research documents are available here:

Move More – volunteers required


Can you help spread the word?

Macmillan Move More East Lothian are looking for Volunteers to help support people living with and beyond cancer across the county to become, and stay, more physically active as Gentle Movement Class Leads, Motivators and Buddy Walkers. Full training and support is provided 🙂

If you or someone you know have a couple of hours a month to dedicate to helping others, please see full details on the enjoyleisure Macmillan Move More East Lothian webpage, email movemore@enjoyleisure.com or check out and share our advert on Facebook and Instagram.

Move More East Lothian is a 12 week physical activity programme (see schedule attached), delivered by enjoyleisure, in partnership with East Lothian Council and Macmillan Cancer Support. Individuals with a cancer experience can apply to join themselves or be referred by a healthcare professional, and fully trained Cancer Rehabilitation exercise instructors and volunteers then facilitate the activities both in-person and online, ensuring they are tailored and at a pace that’s right for the participant, helping to build confidence, balance and strength, in a fun and supportive environment. The programme offers a range of activities, including;

  • Gym/Circuits-based classes
  • Gentle Movement classes (Tai Chi / Qigong fusion with meditation)
  • Health & Wellbeing walks
  • Gardening groups

For people living with cancer, taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling them to take back control, prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health, and many people tell us that it helps them to feel more like their old self.

Please feel free to share the attached poster, programme leaflet and activity schedule with anyone you think would be interested in volunteering or joining the programme as a participant.

Thank you!


Shauna Cunningham

Macmillan Move More Coordinator
enjoyleisure, Head Office, Musselburgh Sports Centre, Newbigging, Musselburgh, EH21 7AS
T: 0131 653 5264  |  Internal: 4264  |  E: scunningham@enjoyleisure.com | M: 07929 015 087

Please note, my working pattern is Mon, Tues and Thurs 

Give us your views about service-user/patient IT systems

Dear Colleagues

East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership would like to hear from you about the service-user/patient IT systems you access on a daily basis to support you in your role.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2RFQZ5B

Please share this survey with as many East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership colleagues, encouraging them to have their say. This will support the work ongoing to understand our IT system connectivity requirements and needs within our Partnership.

Closing date is Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

Thank you for your time.

Iain Gorman
Head of Operations
(PA: Rob Kerr 0162082 7790 / 07814 366644 
* roberta.kerr@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk)