On the road with the vaccine bus

We’re on the road with the vaccine bus this morning for scheduled vaccination appointments for Preston Lodge HS students. If you need a first or second vaccine and want to try it for yourself, we’ll be having our first Covid vaccine bus drop-in session tomorrow afternoon (27th Aug) -1-4pm – in Preston Lodge High School car park. For anyone 16+. No appointment needed but remember to leave 8 weeks between your first and second jabs. AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer available.

Invitation to the launch of Chris’s House Midlothian this Friday 27th

About Chris’s House

Chris’s House was founded by Anne Rowan, a Wishaw mum with a passionate vision for a crisis centre established in memory of her son Chris, whom she lost to suicide in 2011 at the age of 36. In the years following Chris’s death, Anne experienced an overwhelming sense of guilt. Her hair fell out, she lost her balance and couldn’t go out unaided.

She turned her attention to taking action – through the creation of Chris’s House, a ‘Centre for Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Suicide’. It is the first 24 hour, non-medical crisis centre in Scotland offering integrated support. The cosy rooms have each been carefully designed to offer guests an environment they can feel comfortable in. The generosity of families that have been touched by the work Chris’s House have accomplished have raised the funds or made donations to allow for the space offer calm and wellbeing.

Anne remains an active and passionate leader of Chris’s House she is adamant that the focus not remain solely on her efforts. She is joined in this mission to help bring awareness to mental ill health with more than 60+ volunteers. Each have been touched in some way by suicide and understand the on-going ripple effects that it has on family, friends and the community. 

Find out more about Chris’s House here

Improving the Cancer Journey

People affected by cancer in East Lothian now have access to a new service that can offer emotional, practical and financial advice and support.

There are two local link workers who can provide advice, information and support on a whole range of non-medical issues related to having a diagnosis of cancer. The service is open to anyone with cancer and their family or carers, at any stage of the illness. 

To get in touch with the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service or find out more call 07977 307 286  or 07929 784315 or email loth.icj@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk 

ELHSCP grant-funding process now open

The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) grant funding process is now inviting grant applications for project activities between 1st April 2022 and 31st March 2023. We will be awarding grant funding that supports the development of health and social care services and the promotion of social welfare within East Lothian. We have a particular interest in funding applications for projects that help to deliver Community Led Support but we will look at all applications with interest. We would welcome applications from new applicants and innovative projects.

Further information, including the associated guidance can be found here and the closing date for applications is 30th November 2021.

If you have any questions then please e-mail ccsat@eastlothian.gov.uk.

A National Care Service for Scotland consultation

From Scottish Government

This consultation sets out our proposals to improve the way we deliver social care in Scotland.

The importance of our social care services has never been clearer than during the pandemic. In future, we want to make sure that our social care system will consistently deliver high quality services to everyone that needs them, throughout Scotland. Social care is an investment in our communities and our economy. We want to change the system from one that supports people to survive to one that empowers them to thrive, with human rights at the heart of it.

Social care includes support for people with physical disability, learning disabilities or mental health conditions, older people and those with dementia, people with or recovering from alcohol or drug addictions, those who are, have been or are at risk of being homeless, and children and families who may need additional support, or where children are unable to live with their own families.

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommended the creation of a National Care Service, with Scottish Ministers being accountable for adult social care support. However, the Scottish Government’s ambition is to go beyond that. This consultation therefore seeks views on creating a comprehensive community health and social care service that supports people of all ages.

We propose that the National Care Service will define the strategic direction and quality standards for community health and social care in Scotland. It will have local delivery boards which work with the NHS, local authorities, and the third and independent sectors to plan, commission and deliver the support and services that the people of Scotland require.

Our proposals will also take forward recommendations of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care around:

  • ensuring that care is person-centred and human rights based
  • providing greater recognition and support for unpaid carers
  • improving conditions for the workforce
  • commissioning for public good, and
  • more effective approaches to scrutiny and improvement of social care services.

Read the consultation paper.

Why your views matter

This consultation focuses on exploring the proposals for significant cultural and system change that will need to be supported by primary legislation.  The Independent Review of Adult Social Care made clear that changes to systems are needed to deliver improvements in the quality of social care and support. 

The priority in considering these proposals must be improving outcomes for the people who access care and support. 

We want to hear views from as many people as possible to shape a better future – including people who access care and support, carers, members of the workforce and those who may access care and support in the future – which includes everyone. We want everyone who may be affected by these changes to have an opportunity to comment on them.

Consultation events

A series of online engagement events are being held in August, September and October to enable stakeholders, individuals and communities to come together to share their views on the National Care Service.

Some of these events will cover all aspects of the consultation, and some will be themed towards specific aspects of the consultation. These consultation events will offer people the opportunity to come together to discuss the National Care Service, and to understand the need for change within social care. A summary report will be produced from each event for the Scottish Government to consider alongside the official consultation responses. 

Find details below for events and registration.

NCS Consultation Engagement Event  – All aspects of the Consultation: Monday 16th August 2021 – 10.00 – 12.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event  – Improving care for people: Thursday 2nd  September 2021 –  – 18.00 – 20.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Community Health and Social Care Boards: Friday 10th September 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Scope of NCS: Monday 13th September 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Commissioning of Services: Tuesday 14th September 2021 – 10.00 – 12.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Regulation: Wednesday 22nd September 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Fair work and valuing the workforce: Thursday 23rd September 2021 – 18.00 – 20.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – Fair work and valuing the workforce: Tuesday 28th September 2021 – 10.00 – 12.00 Click here to register

NCS Consultation Engagement Event – All aspects of the Consultation: 4th October 2021 – 14.00 – 16.00 Click here to register