Violence Against Women and Girls recognised as a major public health issue in Scotland

Public Health Scotland has published six new briefings that outline the relationship between Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Scotland’s public health priorities.

In Scotland, VAWG is a major public health issue. Gender and sex are important determinants of health with many health conditions, health behaviours and exposures to health risks varying because of gender inequality.  We know it is important to consider gender and recognise the impact of gender inequality to address VAWG. The briefings take this into account and offer recommendations for what a public health response to VAWG could look like. The briefings highlight:

  • The challenges faced by women in Scotland to live in safe places and communities
  • How the early years shape attitudes towards violence against women 
  • How the impact of experiencing violence as children can impact on adulthood
  • The challenges faced by women in Scotland to achieve positive mental health
  • The complex relationship with alcohol and drugs
  • The weaker economic position of women in Scotland, relative to men
  • The barriers to eating well, having a healthy weight and being physically active

The briefings also offer recommendations for what a public health response to VAWG and the priorities could include.Nor further information contact: Emma Kennedy  or Kevin Campbell

Creative Breaks for carers

From Alison Brown, Short Breaks Fund Manager, Shared Care Scotland

Help available!

The Short Breaks Fund team is here to help. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the support available to help you develop the strongest possible application.
We are delivering our workshop sessions online only. Please book a place on one of our sessions which will be run via Zoom. For dates and times of these sessions please visit the Creative Breaks page on our website. You will need access to a computer preferably with a webcam and you will definitely need a microphone.

Alternatively, you can call in to discuss your application in more detail during one of our phone-in sessions (see the Creative Breaks page for details).
For full details on our workshops and call-in days, click here

To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants.

Completed applications should be sent to by 5pm on Thursday 19th May 2022 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)

Click here to download the form, template & guidance

And finally…

Please share this information with your contacts; we are always keen to hear from new organisations.

John Bellany Day Centre is looking for your views

From John Bellany Day Centre

John Bellany Day Centre are very keen to expand its range of services to provide Outreach Support to our older population in Cockenzie, Port Seton, and Longniddry.

We see our role as providing social support, not medical intervention, as this type of service is offered by health and private agencies who already operate within these communities.

We are conscious that not all our older population have family, carer or neighbour support and may need others to assist them with e.g. shopping, making personal appointments and getting to them, domestic tasks or other items that they can no longer manage.

Family and carers may be providing daily support to a loved one and need some respite. A sitter service may be a useful option to alleviate some of the stress of constant care.
All of these and more may be items that you face daily.

We need to hear from you to tell us what would be helpful to you. Please do this whether you are supported by family/carer or live alone.

Download full information here

NHS Lothian marks Trans Day of Visibility 01/04/2022 16:06

31st March was Trans Day of Visibility and NHS Lothian issued this release, which features our very own Rob Kerr. It would be great if we at ELHSCP were able to make our own contribution next year. If you have ideas, please get in touch. Jane at

Promoting NHS Lothian’s diversity and inclusion, not just in how we meet and care for our patients, but also in how we meet and care for each other, is fundamental to our values.

Calum Campbell, Chief Executive for NHS Lothian, said: “As an employer and healthcare provider we state without reservation that all staff and patients must be treated equally irrespective of their gender, sexuality, skin colour, culture or religion. We support diversity of all kinds and the fundamental need for equality and inclusion is at the heart of what we stand for. It’s important that we as staff and representatives of NHS Lothian, stand against any form of intolerance – we must treat one another with care, compassion, dignity, and respect. These are a key part of our organisation’s values.”

International Trans Day of Visibility is an event observed all over the globe to increase awareness of gender diversity, the existence of transgender people, and the discrimination they face in many aspects of society. NHS Lothian worked with the NHS Lothian LGBT+ Staff Network to share the stories of four trans colleagues, and you can read their stories below. You can also retweet and share them on Twitter: Maxwell’s storyRobin’s storyRob’s story, and Kai’s story.

Maxwell says:

“My name is Maxwell Reay, and I have worked as a chaplain in the NHS Lothian Spiritual Care Team for 15 years. I am a gay trans man. Being transgender is a central part of my identity and my gender journey has shaped who I am today. I was born female and I identify and live as male.

Every now and again I find myself coming out to someone at work who is unaware of my story.

I do this because I am proud that I can fully embrace my identity at work.

I do this because LGBTQI+ visibility is important.

I do this because coming out saves lives.

I do this because I trust that the values of NHS Lothian apply to all staff and patients.

Robin says:

“My name is Robin Kepple, and I have been with NHS Lothian for just over a year. I have identified as transgender for over ten years, but I’ve used a variety of labels within that category.

Whether you are cisgender or transgender, your gender is a journey. Let yourself find what you are most comfortable with – it’s okay if that changes, too. Being sure of who you are is the most empowering thing you can do, and it’s one of the most inspirational things you can show others.

Rob says:

“My name is Rob Kerr, and I have been working as a Personal Assistant at East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership since 2019, having previously worked at NHS Highland for 12 years and in the medical publishing industry prior to that.

As someone who came out as non-binary/gender fluid in my early 50s, I am keen to raise awareness among people of my generation about what it means to be non-binary. I don’t mind what pronouns people use for me but prefer to be addressed as Mx, although I often have to explain what that means.

Coming out has given me so much confidence to be my true self at last, especially at work.”

Kai says:

“My name is Kai Millar, and I am a spiritual caregiver (Chaplain). I work throughout the hospital responding to referrals made by nursing staff on behalf of the patient or family when the are struggling with receiving ‘bad news’ have low mood or coming to the end of their life.

I love to work with people, hear their life story, help them to identify the things that are most important to them in their lives and work towards fulfilling them. I am passionate about people and hearing and responding to the needs of the people. I am a person who works for Justice for all people. In this I promote the health and well-being of all.”

Housing, Health and Place engagement

Many of you will have received an email around a week or so ago, around our plans to consult on the Local Housing Strategy 2023-28. Since then, we have taken the decision along with colleagues to expand the consultation workshops to include opportunities to feed into other relevant strategic plans such as East Lothian IJB Strategic Plan and the Local Development Plan.

Getting housing ‘right’ is about much more than bricks and mortar or developing high numbers of good quality affordable homes. It’s about supporting place-making to ensure new housebuilding fosters good community relations and promotes positive health impacts. It’s about improving existing stock to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty, and it’s also about ensuring that households are supported to thrive in their homes, regardless of disability or limitations they might face. This is why East Lothian Council and EL Health and Social Care Partnership are working together to seek views on three key strategic plans which will shape East Lothian over the next 3-10 years.

The workshop dates and times will remain the same, as set out below. The only difference is that within each workshop you’ll have the opportunity to attend two different break rooms.

These workshops are being shared with H&SCP, ELC staff as well we as our third sector partners and wider providers. Please feel free to share with other professional stakeholders who you think might be interested.

If you’d like to sign up to attend, please email . For organisations who don’t feel that they ‘fit’ into a theme, we will be holding a more general ‘inequalities & housing’ workshop which is also listed below.  

04/04/20222-4pmInequalities & Housing
06/04/20222-4pmChildren & Young People
08/04/20229.30-11.30amEthnic Minorities (including Gypsy/Travellers), asylum seekers & refugees
11/04/20222-4pmLearning Disabilities & Autism
13/04/20222-4pmViolence Against Women & Girls
19/04/20222-4pmOlder People
25/04/202210-12Substance Misuse
27/04/202210-12Mental Health

Please share this invite widely with colleagues if you can.

Downloadable version of info and invite here

Alison Macdonald appointed as New Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

NHS Lothian are pleased to announce that Alison Macdonald, Joint Director of East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP), has been appointed NHS Lothian’s new Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

Alison has spent her career in the NHS and has over 40 years of nursing

For the past three years, Alison has worked to deliver integrated health and
social care as Director for ELHSCP and Chief Officer of the East Lothian Joint
Integration Board.

Alison oversaw a number of significant developments in this time, including the opening of the new community hospital in Haddington, ELHSCP becoming a high performing partnership in terms of reducing delays in discharge, and the development of innovative community services.

Prior to this position, Alison held a number of senior nursing positions in NHS Lothian.
Alison said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking up the role of Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.

“I’ve always been driven to make sure that people get the help and support they need to live well and that staff are empowered to deliver good quality care.

“I’m a firm believer in change and innovation and I think it’s really important that our healthcare services continue to adapt to the way people live now.”

Alison will formally begin her new role on 20th June 2022

Spring COVID-19 Booster programme about to start in East Lothian

Find out more about our drop-in and appointment only clinics

Over 75s, immunosuppressed individuals and those living in care homes for older people are now able to receive an additional COVID-19 booster vaccination as part of efforts to protect those at highest risk from coronavirus. These people will be invited as they become eligible from around 24 weeks after their last booster.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be offered at the following East Lothian venues:

Musselburgh Primary Care CentreMonday to Friday by appointment only (open 8:20am to 4:40pm)
Edington Hospital, North BerwickFrom 28 March, Monday to Friday by appointment only (open 8:20am to 4:40pm)
Haddington Corn ExchangeMonday to Friday for both appointment and drop ins (open 8:20am to 4:40pm).  Drop-in service available to those over 12 years old who require first or second Covid jab or first booster. Saturday, Sunday from 8:20am to 4:40pm – children aged 5-11, by appointment only.  Please note – no drop in service will be available.

Krista Clubb, Primary Care Vaccination Service Manager says:

“The Spring booster will improve your level of protection and is the best way to protect your health and those around you.  Letters will be sent out to people eligible in the coming weeks to invite them to come along to an appointment. We would encourage anyone who has still to receive any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, to come and get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.”

Further details around NHS Lothian’s programme can be found at

Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2022 – Nominations Now Open

From Maureen Allen, Chief Officer, Volunteer Centre East Lothian

Dear Colleague,

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK, and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2022.  Volunteer Centre East Lothian is thrilled to announce that the nominations for this year’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards are now open! 

Categories are: 

  1. Community Volunteer of the Year
  2. Health and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year
  3. Environmental and Education Volunteer of the Year
  4. Volunteer Team of the Year
  5. Young Volunteer of the Year (Under 25)
  6. Outstanding Trustee of the Year
  7. Lifelong Commitment to Volunteering

We can’t wait to see the nominations flying in! They are open until Thursday 21st April 5pm, so spread the word and get your thinking caps on as to who you might want to put forward for an award.  

For more information on the categories and how to nominate visit our website –