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.

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.

Car Parking at the East Lothian Community Hospital

I’ve ben asked to share this letter from Lorraine Cowan, Brian Robb, Andrew Milne, Philp Galbraith, Councillor John McMillan and Thomas Miller. Here goes…

Dear Staff Member

FAO: ALL Grey Fleet &  Pool Car Drivers

FAO: ALL Staff who do not use private vehicles for Domiciliary Care

As you are aware our new hospital has now opened and over the next few months construction work including  demolishing the last remaining buildings will continue to allow the groundwork to progress creating additional parking and landscaping. 

The following describes the efforts being made to manage the limited car parking in order to maximise opportunities for patients, visitors and those staff that require to park onsite.

Within the North Car Park there will be approx 150 parking spaces inclusive of Disabled parking. These spaces will be for use only by patients, visitors and some staff.  

North Parking Bays – Staff Parking – 22 spaces, nearest to Alderston Road

Central Parking Bays – Staff Parking – 65 spaces

South Parking Bays– Patient & Visitor Only Parking  – 63 spaces

Disabled Parking – Area outside ELCH Entrance

Drop off area directly at the front of the Hospital entrance is not a parking area and must remain free at all times to allow uninterrupted operational use.

Please note that it is not be acceptable to park in the Visitor Parking area if any of the designated Staff areas identified above are full.  You would in this instance, require to park off site appropriately and while doing so please ensure the following notes are applied:

  • Drivers should be aware that you cannot park or wait on double yellow lines at any time.
  • You must not wait or park on single yellow lines at the times stated on corresponding signs.
  • Unless you are entitled to, you must not park in disabled parking spaces or resident parking spaces.
  • You must also not park, within 10 metres of a junction, over a dropped kerb and in front of an entrance to a property
  • It is very important that we respect our residential neighbours and remember, do not park in residential parking bays and ensure you park in a manner that will not obstruct footways, driveways or junctions.

Parking of All Grey Fleet  and Pool Vehicles

With immediate effect and only during the final construction stages at ELCH, all pool cars and grey fleet vehicles must be parked at the Herdmanflat Hospital site. 

This car park is monitored by security and is being retained specifically to relieve pressure of parking at the ELCH. 

This has been agreed with the executive management team and partnership colleagues.

The site management team understand the frustrations surrounding this matter and they continue to engage with the local community.

Both Morrison Construction and NHS Lothian teams have been in communication with local residents, East Lothian Council & Police Scotland and have made assurances that we will continue to monitor parking and will continue this until it is no longer required.

NHS Lothian regret any inconvenience caused to local residents and staff and would like to thank them for their on-going patience during this time.,

The new Community Hospital is a significant investment in East Lothian’s healthcare provision and we appreciate the continued support of the local community during this further construction phase.

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.

Leaving us soon…

Times they are a changing… In the next few months, we will be saying goodbye to several well-known (and well-loved) faces. Bryan Davies, our General Manager for Planning and Performance is joining NHS Screening Services as Associate Director and Carolyn Wyllie, acting General Manager for Older People and Access, is moving to take up a Head of Service Role with Adult Services at Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils.

And Melissa Goodbourn from the Integration Team is beginning a two-year secondment in the Transformation Team (Adults with Complex Needs).

Congratulations to all of them – I know they are all leaving big shoes to fill. Watch this space for more information on who will be joining us in these roles.