Joint or muscle pain?

Now the nights are longer and the weather’s better, lots of us have been getting stuck into some gardening, DIY or maybe just taking up cycling or running again. If your muscles and joints are really complaining and you’re worried that you have done yourself a mischief, why not give the East Lothian MSK Line a ring?

East Lothian Community Hospital Cycle-path and Walkway

Your chance to get involved in the plans for the new East Lothian Community Hospital cycle-path and walkway

East Lothian Community Hospital is launching the public engagement for the next phase in the development of a cycle-path and walkway around the perimeter of the hospital grounds. This builds on the engagement work undertaken in 2019, before the pandemic.

Miriam Anderson, Senior Capital Planning Manager with NHS Lothian, and the project team leader says:

‘This is such an exciting project. We have been working closely with our partners at East Lothian Council and Sustrans to develop a pathway that can be used by cyclists and walkers around the hospital’s landscaped grounds. It will be used by patients to improve their mobility and wellbeing and staff will want to use it during their breaks too.

‘The information that we got from the first stage of the engagement over a year ago has been fed into our plans. We are so grateful to all the people who got back to us with their experiences and ideas. We hope they will continue to be involved throughout the life of this project.

‘We are now at the point of being able to share some draft architect’s plans and we’d really like people (walkers, runners, cyclists and community groups) to give their comments and ideas. We also hope that some members of the public will join our project team during the life of this project.

‘Once all parties agree and final comments are received, this will be submitted to Sustrans for funding for the construction of the cycle-path and walkway.

‘There is still a bit to go before full funding can be confirmed. However if it does, this would offer a fantastic connection to the hospital for the public and enable a continued growth in sustainable connections.’

If you want to find out more about the plans, we’d like you to attend one of our two Microsoft Teams online events.

Find out more by downloading:

Scottish Older People’s Assembly – East Lothian Outreach Event

From Ian Donald

Tuesday 25 May 2021 from 10.30 to 12.30

Reconnecting Our Communities

You are invited to join the Scottish Older People’s Assembly for an East Lothian focused outreach event via Zoom.
The event will include:

A short introduction to SOPA and it’s recent activities

Presentations from two local Community Connecting services in East Lothian and Edinburgh

Break out discussions to hear what you think are the challenges, issues and solutions to reconnecting older people within our communities following the Covid-19 pandemic

Please register using Eventbrite and you will be sent a link to join the Zoom meeting. Alternatively you can email
For further detail of the Scottish Older People’s Assembly visit

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Workforce Recovery mailbox

Scottish Government is setting up a mailbox to provide members of the workforce with a unique opportunity to share their views on local wellbeing and mental health initiatives that are delivering valuable support and that have the potential to benefit the workforce if shared and implemented more widely.

  • You are invited to email with feedback on local wellbeing and mental health initiatives they are aware of that could benefit them and their colleagues if implemented at a national level
  • Scottish Government will review all submissions and use the feedback to inform the development of future national initiatives to support the wellbeing and mental health of the workforce across Scotland
  • Scottish Government will acknowledge submissions to the mailbox with an automated response, which will also point you towards additional wellbeing and mental-health support if needed, and noting that correspondence will only be entered into by exception.

Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey Link Worker

  • Do you want to work with people affected by cancer in East Lothian as part of a new service for the Lothians?
  • Can you listen well and work with people to find out ‘what matters to them?’ 
  • Are you a self-starter, motivated and compassionate?

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join a team within East Lothian HSCP to support people affected by cancer.  Educated to SCVQ7/8 level with strong interpersonal skills and a belief in the strengths and resilience inherent in people and communities, you will, along with the ICJ Project Team deliver a person-centred service as part of the Pan-Lothian ICJ Programme. 

The role is offered as a 4 year fixed term appointment and offers a unique opportunity to work with a range of partners across health and social care, local authority, third sector and users and carers. 

Interested? Visit

New Learning Disability Social Work Team

From Monday 12th April 2021, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership will have a dedicated Social Work team for those with a Learning Disability (LD).

Over the next 6 months the Community Learning Disability Team and LD Social work team will be working together to develop an enhanced LD service, which will provide specialist health and social care support to adults with Learning Disabilities.

The team will continue to work closely with the Shared Lives Service and the Adult Resource centres, to also support the development of services for those with an LD.

Many thanks


Gillian Neil
General Manager
Learning Disability, Mental Health and Substance Use Services
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
01875 824 078
07770 653 173

Every Life Matters – Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan (from COSLA Elected Members Update)

This week saw the publication of guidance which aims to support local areas in the development of their suicide prevention action plans.  This guidance forms the first step in implementation of Action 1 of Every Life Matters – Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan which aims to support the development and delivery of suicide prevention action plans across all local areas in Scotland.

The guidance was informed by the most up to date knowledge, research and evidence and was developed in collaboration with local suicide prevention leads from across Scotland, COSLA, the Academic Advisory Group, Public Health Scotland, members of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and the Lived Experience Panel.

Work will now begin with a number of local areas to test the effectiveness of the guidance in order to inform future iterations.  Any questions or comments about the documents can be directed to Haylis Smith Suicide Prevention Lead Officer on

The documents are all available on the COSLA website or can be accessed individually using the following links:

Document 1 – Introduction
Document 2 – Governance and Collaboration
Document 3 – Data, Evidence & Intelligence
Document 4 – Monitoring & Evaluation