Improving the Cancer Journey East Lothian

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and many people don’t know where to go for support. East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support want to offer everyone affected by cancer (including families and carers) time with a Link Worker to think about what matters to them, and access to the support they need.

This service is for anyone over 16 affected by cancer at any point on their cancer journey.

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The Exceptional Gift

Living kidney donation remains an important part of the package of measures to increase donation and transplantation rates since the introduction of opt out legislation in Scotland.

Over 1,500 people in Scotland have helped others by donating a kidney, since the first pioneering surgery took place in Edinburgh over 60 years ago. A kidney from a living donor generally offers the best outcomes for patients living with kidney failure who need a transplant. However, with over 400 people in Scotland waiting for a kidney transplant at any one time, continued awareness is needed. There are two types of living kidney donation:

  • Directed donation – from a person who is close to the person in need of a kidney, such as a family member, partner or a good friend.
  • Non-directed altruistic donation – from people who don’t know the person needing a transplant, but who wish to give one of their kidneys (anonymously) to someone on the kidney transplant waiting list in order to help improve their life.

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Engaging with Gypsy/Traveller communities

From Susan Austin, Engagement Officer, HIS Scotland Communities

The next HIS Community Engagement webinar takes place on Wednesday 9 February at 2.00pm where presenters will talk about ‘Engaging with Gypsy/Traveller communities’.

In the webinar we will look at meaningfully engaging with Gypsy/Traveller communities – the barriers that have been overcome; the learning and the relationships made. An insight into the people, the culture and real life stories from an Engagement Officer’s perspective.


The event will take place on MS Teams. You will be able to access the event using the link even if you are not registered with MS Teams.

  • You will be able to contribute verbally and / or by writing in a text box. 
  • Live captioning is available as a feature of Teams.
  • Points and questions put in the text box will be read aloud by the facilitator for those who do not follow text chat and verbal conversation at the same time.
  • If you or a colleague has specific access requirements you need us to take account of, please let us know as soon as possible.

Please share this event with your networks.

External participants can sign up using the Eventbrite link:

Invitation to join Dr Ditte Sorensen talking about men’s community-based mental-health projects

Changes is hosting a free online event hosted by Changes on Tuesday 8th February from 3:30 – 5pm.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Ditte Sorensen presents her research, supported by Changes Men’s Project:

“Hearing other men talk about their struggles and their difficulties just really makes it… okay to feel the way I do.” Exploring experiences of community-based projects supporting men’s mental health using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

The session will include a short introduction to Changes services and specifically, Changes Men’s Project, followed by a presentation of Dr Ditte Sorensen’s research findings and a Q&A.

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Home is where taking part is

If you work with people in their homes, you could help play a part in supporting people across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian to be able to return and access critical support equipment

The Community Equipment Loan Service is a service based within the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. Their network of 30 Technical Officers, deliver, install, collect, repair, recycle, and maintain the enabling support equipment that can help people of all ages, live independently, in a home setting.

From walking frames, to toilet and shower support rails, hoists, and beds, the provision of essential support equipment is often a critical factor to helping enable someone’s hospital discharge back into their home environment. Lindsay Munro, Service Manager explains more:

“One of my roles as an Occupational Therapist before I became a Service Manager, was to ensure people can live at home safely and as independently as possible. I once worked with a gentleman who had a stroke and was in hospital receiving treatment. He could no longer use the left side of his body and he had to adapt how he engaged in daily activities.

“At a point when he no longer required any medical treatment, the only way he could be discharged from hospital was if he had equipment at home to support him. I arranged for a bedrail to be attached to the right-hand side of his bed so he could use this to get himself up and out of bed, a commode and a shower seat. By providing each of these simple pieces of equipment meant helped him return home and continue his rehabilitation, managing many daily activities independently.”

How you can help:

The pandemic has impacted a number of global supply chains, and the provision of support equipment has not been immune to this disruption. The Community Equipment Loan Service (part of ATEC24), is experiencing a shortage in a number of items, and are asking anyone who supports people in their home setting (e.g. Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, District Nurses), to help identify any equipment that may be in someone’s home, but is no longer in use and ready to return.

Identifying this and returning this is easy and can be arranged to be collected via Equipment Loan Monitoring Service online portal (ELMS) or by calling the Community Equipment Loan Service direct on 0131 529 6300. Alternatively, the equipment can be returned direct to:

EH16 5UY
(Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm)

Staff wellbeing survey update

In response to comments received (thank you), we have updated the survey, so please try to find a few minutes to fill it in.

New improved survey!

The wellbeing of staff has never been closer in all our minds and it is important to the Staff Wellbeing Committee that we understand your needs and what matters to you. By answering the questions in the attached questionnaire, you will be helping us to deliver meaningful changes.

All answers will be kept confidential, and no single answer will be attributed to an individual in public or private correspondence following this survey.

The  East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership  are supporting this survey and to further support they have provided four gift  vouchers, each of £100 value, as prizes in a draw of everyone who takes part. If you would like to be included in the draw select the choice at the end of the questionnaire and provide an email contact address.

Your answers to these questions will not be linked to the email address given or generated by completing this survey electronically.