Scottish Government have agreed approach to supporting social care sector

From David J Kennedy, COSLA

COSLA Leaders and Scottish Government have agreed an approach to supporting the social care sector to ensure that reasonable additional costs will be met.

Commenting following a meeting of COSLA’s Leadership Sounding Board COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Stuart Currie said:

“Council Leaders are clear that ensuring the social care sector remains sustainable is a key priority for Local Government.  This agreement and the initial payment of £50 million announced by the Scottish Government last week will allow Health and Social Care Partnerships to continue to support the social care sector to respond to COVID 19.”

The principles can be found on the COSLA website here

First Connected Communities e-bulletin

From Lorraine Congalton, Community Development Officer, ELC

Hi there

I hope you are all well in these uncertain times.

Please find the link below to our first Connected Communities e-bulletin.  This first bulletin will focus on youth services and information to support mental wellbeing.

Please share round your networks.

Many thanks


Lorraine Congalton
Community Development Officer
 07976 596 112

Be kind to yourself

To round off Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we’ve made a short video about looking after Number One – remember to be kind to yourself this weekend, whenever that weekend/day off may be.

Lots of positive coverage in the Courier today!

Sadly, the article in the picture above is not in the online Courier, nor is the one about the MSK Phone Line, so it you want to see these articles in all their glory, buy a copy. 🙂 However, this is the gist of the articles.

  •  Hospital discharge system saves £300 per day
    A new Discharge to Assess (D2A) team is estimated to be saving NHS Lothian £300 a day by releasing hospital beds early. The team was launched three years ago by the ELHSCP and is continuing to get people home despite the lockdown.
  • Physio team tackle back pain with phone support line
    The ELHSCP physiotherapy team has launched a Musculoskeletal (MSK) phoneline to help residents struggling with back problems while face-to-face services are restricted.

It also ran with these articles, which you can see online:

Well done, everyone!