Crookston and the Abbey get fantastic Care Inspectorate reports

I don’t know if you saw the article in the Courier this week about The Abbey’s glowing Care Inspectorate Report – https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/18220292.care-home-staff-praised-helping-residents-vote-election/

You might also be interested in a press release we issued this week about Crookston’s equally glowing report this week – I have cut and pasted it in for you below. Before you read on, I just want to add my own thanks to staff at all three of our Care Homes for the fantastic work you do.

Here goes …

Crookston Care Home gets ‘Very Goods’ from the Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate carried out an unannounced inspection of Crookston Care Home in December 2019 to check how well Crookston supports people’s wellbeing and plans their care and support. The answer is very well indeed.

Inspectors reported that people were happy with their care and support. Relatives told them that the home keeps them well informed about their loved one and staff were always kind towards them when they visited.

‘No matter what time of day or night we visit, we always find staff being attentive to our relative,’ said one family.

Residents have a say in decisions about the care and support which affect them, including end of life. They also choose where and how to spend their time and participate in a range of activities. During the inspection, several female residents went to Crookston’s own hair salon, which turned into a real social event for the women involved. The inspectors noted that staff in different units engaged in small-group activities with residents.

Mealtimes were very calm and relaxed and residents enjoyed their meals. Staff sat with residents at mealtimes, making meals more of a social experience. The inspectors commented that meals were of a good quality and people spoke highly of them.

They found that care plans were regularly reviewed and updated, and involved input from relevant professionals, and that as well as considering best practice, care plans make clear resident’s preferences and wishes. They were able to see residents’ health improving as a result of the support that they received. They also commented on a section within care plans relating to physical activity which they thought was useful for identifying how individuals could stay as physically active as possible.

East Lothian Integration Joint Board Chair Fiona O’Donnell says:

‘I am visiting Crookston soon to thank the team in person and I can say that Pauline and her team really deserve their “Very Good” rating. They look after the people who use the home with great affection and respect and are very supportive of relatives too.

‘They are also very innovative, pioneering work with Rempods in East Lothian – people might have seen these reminiscence rooms for people living with dementia when they received backing on Dragon’s Den. Crookston was also part of an award-winning intergenerational project last year with Sanderson’s Wynd Primary.

‘They are a fantastic team and they do very good work. All I can say is congratulations, thank you and keep on doing what you are doing – it’s great.’

Interim management arrangements for East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

General Managers

The title Group Service Manager has been replaced by General Manager. This is in line with other HSCPs and describes more accurately the role of the senior managers responsible for our services.

Myself and Iain Gorman Head of Operations (Deputy to Chief Officer) and the General Managers have discussed and agreed the following for an initial period of six months.

Chief Officer Alison Macdonald will continue to line manage:

  • General Manager Acute and Ongoing Care – Lorraine Cowan
  • General Manager Rehabilitation – Lesley Berry
  • General Manager Performance and Planning – Bryan Davies

Head of Operations Iain Gorman will line manage:

  • General Manager Adult Social Work – Rona Laskowski
  • General Manager Statutory Services – Trish Carlyle
  • General Manager Adult Community Services/Mental Health and Learning Disabilities – Gillian Neil

Professional Leads

The professional leads – Chief Nurse, Chief Social Work Officer, Clinical Director and lead AHP – will continue to report directly to the Chief Officer in line with the agreements in the Scheme of Integration

Reporting arrangements to General Managers

There will be no changes to current reporting arrangements for HSCP teams who report to the relevant General Manager.

Social Work Pathway

There is an out standing commitment to reviewing the social work path way and we are committed to progressing this work, reporting to Core Management Team (CMT) and the Strategic Planning Group for information.

The review of the social work pathway will need to be completed by early June

Revising the management structure
A revised management structure is being considered to accommodate these new ways of working; this is yet be finalised. This has led us to make a choice to have interim arrangements in place to ensure that when we, with you, have worked through any new arrangements the management structure can adapt to accommodate.

A number of options need to be considered in relation to the work around Adult Protection, Community Justice, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

Trish will continue in the post General Manager – Statutory Services:

  • Justice social work services
  • Community Justice
  • Carers though this will transition into the social work area at a later date anticipated following the procurement arrangements for carer services
  • SDS to be mapped into the customer journey with Rod continuing to have an operational lead
  • SW lead developing SW Governance arrangements

Rona will assume the post General Manager – Adult Social Work:

  • Assessment and Review
  • Social Work Journey
  • Care Home Team
  • Duty Team
  • SDS

In the interim there will need to be shared management put in place for some elements but we will keep you updated as things change.

Deadline looms from ELHF small grants applications

The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (ELHF) understands that sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference to a patient’s experience, be it a more relaxing waiting area, better equipment, activities to improve wellbeing, or better access to information. Our Small Grants provide funding for bright ideas to support staff in improving the patient experience across NHS Lothian.

Members of staff can apply for project grants all year round, and in order to make our support go further, we encourage applications up to £5,000 maximum, to ensure we can help as many teams and departments as possible.

To apply for a Small Grant please go to: http://www.elhf.co.uk/grant-seekers/small-grants/ or contact the Grants Manager on 0131 465 5850 to discuss your project before beginning an application. Past funded projects are also listed on our website at www.elhf.co.uk

The next Small Grants funding round deadline is Friday 1st February 2020.

WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD?

The 2020 Scottish Social Services Awards will open for nominations on Monday 13th January 2020.

This year the awards are merging with the Scottish Association of Social Work awards.  The new partnership will see categories introduced for a Social Worker and Student Social Worker of the Year.

Other changes also include updated categories about ethical practice from the Scottish Social Services Council and leadership in social work from Social Work Scotland.

To mark the merger the ceremony will take place at a new venue in Edinburgh. Finalists and guests will be invited to a special evening event due to take place at The Hub on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from 6pm on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

The full list of categories and entry guidance can be viewed at www.sssa.scot alongside some handy hints and tips and former winning entries.

People have until the 21st February 2020 to enter or nominate an individual or team for an award.

Update from the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Delivery Group

East and Midlothian Public Protection Office has just issued a great list of upcoming training events and online resources. There’s lots here to support all our practice, so please do have a look.

Elected Member briefing note:  Violence Against Women is a Public Health Issue from The Improvement Service.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Forced marriage training for professionals, Edinburgh, 22nd January 2020, 9.30—4pm. The training sessions are designed by Women’s id Scotland Forced Marriage Consortium 2019 (Shakti Women’s Aid, Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Aid).  Training includes:

  • Understand the gendered cultural context of forced marriage and its links to Honour-based violence and domestic abuse.
  • Understand how the Forced Marriage and other legislation, can be used to protect children/adults at risk of forced marriage
  • Understand appropriate responses to identified risk and disclosure of forced marriage
  • Input from Police Scotland
  • Booking through Eventbrite link only. Free to book; £50 charge if fail to attend or notify less than 48 hours of the event. Free event- Lunch/ tea/coffee provided 

New NHS Education Scotland E-module “ Developing your trauma skilled practice”.
In line with the Trauma Skilled practice level of the Scottish Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework, Developing your trauma skilled practice is designed to:

  • Increase learners’ understanding of traumatic events and the different ways that people can be affected by them and
  • Help learners recognise where the impact of trauma might influence their work with people affected by trauma
  • There are 5 learning units plus assessment and takes 1-2 hours to complete. 
  • If you are registered with Turas Learn, Developing your trauma skilled practice can be accessed here.  It is simple and free to register an account with Turas Learn here.  See our website and Twitter account for 12 trauma resources for each of the 12 days of Christmas!  From:  Dr Sandra Ferguson, Associate Director Psychology, Lead for National Trauma Training Programme, NHS Education for Scotland.

The Scottish National Trauma Training Video Series provides short videos on topics such as the national trauma training programme, supporting children and young people to recover from psychological trauma, the window of tolerance (for individuals and for organisations) and the impact of trauma on witnesses.  Access these resources here

Access2safety – new social enterprise providing specialist language support in a range of languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin & more. Our women are trained in Gender Based Violence, Honour Based Violence, FGM. See www.access2safety.co.uk

Recounting Women is an exhibition of work from Scottish Women’s Aid’s participatory photovoice project. The project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse to develop photographs and text that communicate what they want other people to know about domestic abuse, the impact it has on their lives, and what needs to change. Work in this exhibition highlights issues of injustice, homelessness, poverty and isolation identified by the women who took part in the project.  The exhibition is open 24 hours a day. Location: Ocean Terminal (2nd floor),  Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

The Scottish Government has published Recorded Crime in Scotland: 2018-19. The bulletin and associated data tables provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.   The latest record crime stats (see above) show sexual crime at its highest level since records began. Whilst overall crime has risen by 1%, sexual crimes have increased by 8%. Reported rape and attempted rape have more than doubled (increasing by 115%) since 2010-11.

The Scottish Government / CoSLA:  Equally Safe delivery plan: year two update report
Read the second annual progress report for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, published on 25 November 2019. This strategy was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations and was first published in June 2014 – updated version published in March 2016.

BBC item – research by Dr Jane Monckton Smith: patterns of domestic killings, describing an eight-stage pattern.

Article: Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers. (2018). Rebecca Barnes and Catherine Donovan.

Gender edit of protection Scotland’s future: The government’s programme for Scotland 2019/2020, Engender Scotland

‘Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse’ Animation Film, which has been produced following extensive consultation with survivors/survivor support services and with funding from Scottish Government.

Council budgets

The process for deciding how much the council will raise in income and spend on services in future years is an ongoing process. And they have just launched their annual consultation process.

Plans will be affected by changing political structures, new demands or legislation, the state of the general economy, demographics and the events that we cannot always predict. However, there are a number of key documents such as The Council Plan 2017-2022 and the annual budget.

Make sure you have your say – decisions about the council’s budget impact on all of us in the Partnership. Take a look and tell the council what you think the important areas are – http://socsi.in/BMljF

Transforming services for older people

The next meeting on transforming services for older people is on 14 January 2020 from 13.00-16.00 at the new East Lothian Community Hospital. This marks the beginning of the next phase of reproviding services currently provided at the Edington and Belhaven Hospitals and Abbey and Eskgreen Care Homes and follows on from the meeting some local representives came to with Hub South East at Queen Margaret University in June.

There has been a delay in convening this meeting, as we were waiting for the project team delivering the new Community Hospital to be free. The hospital opened in November, and the team, including Hub South East, are now able to take this reprovisioning work forward. We have decided to hold our meeting in the Community Hall at the new hospital so that you can have a look around and see what they have achieved. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the hospital and we hope you will be able to join us beforehand for a light buffet lunch. We are inviting representatives from across East Lothian as this work will result in provision for people in all our communities.

At this meeting, we hope to provide more information about the timeline for the work and to look with you at how local communities will be involved. Many of you have nominees ready and waiting to take part in local project teams. It would be really helpful if you could share this invitation through your networks so that anyone with an interest may attend.

We hope that you will be able to attend, or nominate someone else to represent your group and interests.

Thank you very much for your continuing patience and support.

It would be great if you could confirm your attendance by email to elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk

Be Incredible Again – get vaccinated against flu

Health and social care staff have time to Be Incredible Again and get a flu jab this winter. There are still clinics available in December.  Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect patients, the community, yourself and your family from this potentially serious, preventable disease.

If you don’t manage to get vaccinated before the New Year, please email the flu mailbox address below and an appointment will be arranged for you:

EastLothianHSCP.Flu@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

You can also contact your social care staff flu lead, Margaret Drew at Margaret.drew@eastlothian.gov.uk

Don’t delay. Be Incredible. Again.

My December Diary

Just thought I’d do a quick diary round-up now as people start getting ready for the festive season.

The run up to Christmas has been as hectic as ever. We have a visit from NHS Lothian Chief Executive Tim Davison just over a week ago during which we updated him on ELHSCP’s progress and gave him a chance to have a look around the East Lothian Community Hospital. We also said goodbye to East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive Angela Leitch, who has left to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland. Alex McCrorie is Interim Chief Executive and the Chief Executive will be announced shortly.

We also held the last IJB meeting of the year, at which Judith Tait (in her Chief Social Work Officer role) gave us her annual report. The report gives a full over-view of the delivery of social work services in East Lothian, including fostering, child protection, adult protection, adult social care and criminal justice social work. It also provides commentary and analysis of the Health and Social Care Partnership. Judith said that in a difficult period for social work nationally, we are holding our own. She said that our staff continue to work hard to help people make and sustain positive changes in their lives.  She was clear that there would be challenges ahead but was confident that East Lothian Health and Social Partnership was addressing these in our strategic plan.

I think that’s a really positive message and covers not just social work but integrated health and social care. Times are tough but through a combination of innovative approaches and integrated working, we are using our resources and experience wisely to help the growing number of people who use our services to achieve good outcomes.

It has been a big year for us in so many areas – the implementation of the Carers Strategy, achievements acknowledged in the Care Inspectorate’s national thematic review of Self-Directed Support, the new East Lothian Community Hospital, Wellwynd Hub, the success of the Community Review Team, START and our new mental-health/substance misuse drop in in Musselburgh.  Those are just a few of our achievements – things are really beginning to come together and this is very much down to all of you. Your willingness to embrace integrated working and share ideas and good practice has led to much of our success this year. The momentum is building so let’s keep that going now.

So it just remains for me to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  To those of you who are preparing for a break, happy holidays – rest, recuperate and enjoy! To those of you working over Christmas and New Year, a really big thank you. I know there are many people relying on you to whose days you will make a big difference. And enjoy your Christmas when it comes.

Thank you for everything this year and all the very best to you and yours this Festive Season.