Someone appreciates us!

This gift was given to a member of the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership Homecare Team in Haddington this morning. The staff member was leaving Tesco when a little girl approached her and gave her the gift.

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 –

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.’


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 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.

Celebrating success

We have scooped up a lot of awards this year. Wellwynd Hub won a Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence in Housing Award, were runners-up in the COSLA Excellence Awards, and secured both the One Council and Council Worker of the Year (for Morven McLelland from the Hub team) in this year’s Star Awards. If you want to find out more about the Wellwynd Hub, have a look at these before and after videos, starring our very own Alana Stewart.

Council Worker of the Year Morven McLelland with Philip Galbraith from Morrison Construction
Wellwynd Hub Team with Councillor Norman Hampshire

Our Community Review Team also won a Highly Commended in the Team of the Year section of the Star Awards too.

Earlier this year, our Collaborative Working for Integrated Care (CWIC) Team, based at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre, were the worthy winners of this year’s NHS Lothian Celebrating Success Team of the Year Award. They really deserve it and  big congratulations to them all.  Here’s a wee video about what they do:

And that’s not all!

Local matters#Caringlearningsharing – An intergenerational project between Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School & Crookston Care Home was highly commended in the Generations Working Together Scottish Recognition Awards

The project is a partnership between Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School and Crookston Care Home in Tranent, East Lothian. It involves P7 pupils from Sanderson’s Wynd providing assistance to their local care home. Each morning a group of pupils are responsible for the buying and delivery of the residents’ newspapers. This involves collecting the order form and money from staff at the care home, purchasing the correct papers from the local newsagents, collecting the receipt and change and the delivering the papers personally to each resident.

Another group of children support staff in planning and organising and residents’ activity afternoon every Wednesday. Their positivity and enthusiasm has been noted by care home staff. The residents love having the children lead the activities and the pupils are gaining valuable experience in leadership and team work.

Congratulations to everyone involved and also thank you to all ELHSCP staff for your dedication, innovation and teamwork – you’re doing a great job and making a real difference for the people who use our services.