Gullane Day Centre’s Kelly Hamilton is Proud to Care!

Scotland urgently needs more people to work in health and social care. Under the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, the Integrated Employer Engagement team have launched the ‘Proud to Care’ campaign (, in which care workers talk about what drew them to a career in health and social care and how what they do makes a difference. They say it can be hard work and demanding but also rewarding, challenging and diverse. In the words of one of the carers taking part, ‘It may be one of the best things you will ever do!’  

One of the videos features Kelly Hamilton, a carer at Gullane Day Centre. Kelly said:

‘It all started when I was approached by one of the other mums in the playground when I was dropping off my daughter at school. She said she knew I was in the care industry and asked if I would like to help promote care jobs for the Proud to Care campaign.

‘I was keen to help straight away as I knew that the care industry was struggling and the lack of carers was hitting crisis point. I was hearing about it on a daily basis at my work and I wanted to do something to help. It was nice to be approached and recognised for the work that I did.

‘I have worked in care on and off since I left school at 16 when I started off in a care home in North Berwick. When I was 18, I decided to go to college to do Beauty Therapy. After I completed my four-year HND, I worked in a spa and then started out on my own. I took on some home-help jobs at the same time, and then I decided that I wanted working in care as my main job as I enjoyed it that much. That’s where my heart lay.

‘I started working in Gullane Day Centre in 2017 and I have never looked back. It is honestly the most enjoyable and rewarding job I have ever had. I passed my SVQ3 in Social services and Healthcare last year and plan to work my way up the ladder in my work. My work colleagues, the service-users, the committee and my manager just make the job so pleasant. I know they really value me as an employee and they look after me so well. I look forward to returning the favour when I am caring for them when they use the service in the future! Haha!

‘I really hope the Proud to Care campaign encourages the younger generation to think about a career in care when they leave school. It’s well worth it because it’s a great feeling to think you have made such a difference to people’s lives when you finish work at the end of the day. There’s nothing like it.’

Margaret Mack, Manager, Gullane Day Centre, added:

‘We are so proud of Kelly for taking part in this campaign. Gullane Day Centre is a key service for older people in Gullane, Aberlady, Dirleton and the surrounding areas and their families and carers too. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without people like Kelly and all our other wonderful carers.

‘I hope that lots of people feel inspired by Kelly’s video – careers in care offer so much and make such a difference to so many people. It would be great if seeing the video gives people the encouragement they need to get started on their caring career.’

About the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

The Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal (ESES CRD) is a £1.3 billion Scottish and UK Government investment to accelerate growth, create new economic opportunities and meaningful new jobs that will help to reduce inequalities.

ESESCRD covers Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and Fife.

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Part-time post(16 hours flexible) post based in Dunbar
Salary: £10.52 per hour £20,514 (pro-rata)

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6 weeks annual leave, contributory pension, SSSC registration fee paid,
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learning and development opportunities, staff counselling service
To find out more about this exciting opportunity and to apply:

Job Advert CLW Dunbar April 2022

Closing date: 12pm on Thursday 7th April 2022

Interview date: Friday 15th April 2022


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Scottish Government Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy March Workshops

From Scottish Government

March workshops

We are inviting stakeholders to attend workshops to help us shape our future Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The first of the Scottish Government events are being held on 7 and 9 March from 14:00 to 15:30.

These will be virtual events hosted on Teams and the numbers in attendance will be limited to approx. 20 individuals for each session.

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please send an email with your name, organisation, contact details and preferred date to

These initial workshops will focus on the scope of the strategy and the outcomes we want to achieve.

There will be further opportunities to participate in engagement events and contribute to the strategy content throughout the process. We are committed to publishing the strategy by the end of 2022.

Scottish Government wants to hear your views

There are a range of ways stakeholders can participate and contribute to
the strategy development.

  • Organisations, groups and networks may choose to hold their own
    workshop/engagement events.
  • Stakeholders may choose to attend one of the facilitated workshops
    hosted by Scottish Government.
  • Those with lived experience may wish to arrange a meeting for only
    those with lived experience and this could be supported by Scottish
    Government to ensure a meaningful two way engagement process
  • Those with lived experience may wish to participate in stakeholder
    led engagement events or they may choose to attend one of the
    workshops hosted by Scottish Government.

Where stakeholders choose to hold their own engagement events,
guidance and background information will be provided to help maintain a
consistent approach across all engagement sessions. Please get in touch
with us to discuss

Update on Edington Hospital Review

Following a review on Thursday 24th February, NHS Lothian said staff shortages and high demand for healthcare services across East Lothian mean it is not yet possible to reopen inpatient beds at Edington Hospital in North Berwick.

Staff at North Berwick’s cottage hospital were temporarily relocated three months ago in a move to consolidate staffing at the East Lothian Community Hospital (ELCH). 

Alison MacDonald, Chief Officer of East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) said that staffing challenge has not diminished. 

She added: “We continue to face significant staffing challenges in East Lothian. Around half (48%) of our registered nursing staff have left their posts since September to work in other roles in the NHS. We have been successful in recruiting less experienced members of staff into the team, but we still have many vacancies (27) to fill to provide the necessary experience and leadership.”

Ms MacDonald explained that grouping more staff in one location allowed more beds to be open overall.  

She added: “Transferring the staff means we can keep more beds open overall and look after more people while preserving safe staffing levels. We have been able to open 16 beds at the East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington, a net increase of 10 beds.  We can only do that by having more staff in one place. It allows greater flexibility in how staff are deployed day to day.”

She also acknowledged the decision would disappoint campaigners but she said everything possible is being done to improve the position.

Ms MacDonald said: “As well as our recruitment campaign we are up-skilling existing staff, investing in training and looking at new ways to deploy Associate Nurse Practitioners. We are also working with staff representatives to review shift patterns to help ease pressure.  However, despite all of this, we are not yet in a position to transfer staff back to the Edington. We understand this will be disappointing for the local community but hope they will understand we must make best use of our workforce for the whole population of East Lothian.”

Why the decision was taken

  • The decision to temporarily relocate staff from the Edington to East Lothian Community Hospital was taken by NHS Lothian Gold Command. This is an operational group which forms part of a recognised resilience structure. It prioritises and manages the response of essential services in an emergency.  In NHS Lothian’s case Gold Command is accountable for safeguarding staff, patients and the public and working towards creating patient flow across the whole system including acute, primary care and GP services.
  • The decision was taken using scoring criteria, which was agreed with the senior nursing team and staff representatives. The criteria assess the impact on staffing of reopening beds at Edington Hospital and considers the overall bed position in East Lothian and the wider NHS Lothian area.
 123 ScoreRationale for score
Will the return of the bed capacity to Edington hospital at this time help tomaximisemaintainreducethe available bed base to NHS Lothian?3Opening 7 beds at this time would provide a net reduction of 10 beds available to NHS Lothian. Staffing resource and nursing leadership, and experience registered nursing skills would require to be transferred from ELCH to Edington with no ability to staff or backfill the beds in ELCH. This would impact on the bed capacity within the acute care services in NHSL, a restriction to the flow of patients coming out of the RIE/WGH and potentially exacerbate the current level of delayed discharges across the Lothian system. This would impact on the capacity for NHSL to manage their overall acute bed capacity and subsequently impact upon Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian HSCPs. 
Will the return of the bed capacity to Edington hospital at this timemaximisemaintainreducethe available bed base for East Lothian?3Opening 7 beds at this time would provide a net reduction of beds available to East Lothian thereby reducing overall bed complement available to East Lothian and restricting the ability to return East Lothian patients back home to East Lothian.
Will the return of the bed capacity to Edington hospital at this timepositivelymaintainnegativelyaffect the core staffing position across East Lothian3Staff capacity would require to be removed from ELCH and at this point in time there are no additional staff resource to back-fill. We are managing to maintain the availability of all wards in the ELCH. We have vacancies and sick leave which has meant a reliance on bank shifts, overtime and extra hours are also explored as a matter of course to sustain safe staffing that supports current beds in ELCH.
    Total score9 

Combining the criteria and rationale descriptor is intended to help Gold Command consider the potential options for returning bed capacity to the Edington hospital. A score in and of itself will not determine the outcome of any decision. A score of 7- 9 is likely to indicate no change to the current position, a score of 3-6 will mean a judgement call may have to be made and a low score of 3 is likely to indicate a return of bed capacity to the Edington hospital.

Scotland’s Census 2022 – COEL offers support and advice for carers

Carers of East Lothian (COEL) is supporting unpaid carers to complete the 2022 Census this month.

They’re offering one-to-one sessions at the Carers of East Lothian office in East Lothian Community Hospital on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2022, where they’re happy to help to:

  • Complete the online Census questionnaire
  • Apply for a paper questionnaire
  • Complete a paper questionnaire if this has already been applied for

Carers can sign up for a 30-minute slot by phoning us on 0131 665 0135 or emailing

Carers will be asked to bring the letter received from the National Records of Scotland with them to help us to complete any forms. If neither date is possible to attend, they’d still encourage folk to get in touch and they will look at alternative options for support in completing the Census.

Young Women’s Research Collective is looking for young women to take part in an exciting research project and digital campaign

From the Young Women’s Research Collective

Do you want to get involved in making your community a happier, safer place for young women? Are you interested in learning more about feminist research? Would you like to a shape an exciting research project and digital campaign?

We are looking for 8 self-identifying young women, aged between 16-25 living in East Lothian to form a research collective to lead a research project and digital campaign in East Lothian, no research or campaigning experience required!

The research will investigate views on healthy and unhealthy relationships and gender based violence. We also want to understand where young women in East Lothian go for support currently, if they feel there are gaps or barriers to getting support and what kind of support young women want.

The Young Women’s Research Collective will meet digitally. Between March and June 2022.

The Collective will meet 6 times, each meeting will last for two hours and will be facilitated by Rhianna, the research manager at YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement. The Young Women’s Research Collective members will be paid £10/h for their participation.

With our support the collective will develop research methodology, design a survey, support focus groups, and develop a digital campaign to help young women understand healthy relationships to help Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and Women’s Aid East and Mid Lothian better support young women.

While the research covers difficult subjects, the research collective will be a safe space for young women to come together to make a difference on this important issue.

You can get more information on the campaign or help applying by emailing Rhianna –

We understand that this might be a difficult topic for you to read or hear about. If you need support or someone to chat to you can call Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234 email or visit

Find out more here.

Important date for your diary tomorrow!

It’s Care Day 2022 tomorrow. East Lothian Council’s Share the Care team has arranged an online drop-in session on Friday 18 February 11am-12 for anyone who wants to hear more about what our amazing Share the Carers do to support young people with disabilities in East Lothian.

You can join for five minutes or fifty minutes and have all your questions answered. 

Register your interest with Leann Robinson ( and you’ll receive a link to attend ahead of the day. You’ll also be given the opportunity to link in with a Share the Carer following the session to hear more about their experiences.

More information on Share the Care is available from the Council’s website