East Lothian Community Cycle-Path and Walkway consultation

We’re really sorry if you were kept waiting and couldn’t get into the meeting on the 21st. We have rescheduled this meeting for 6 May from 4-5pm via Teams. The meeting planned for the 29th from 5-6pm is also still going ahead.

You will now need to sign up for both these meetings, so if you would like to be at either or both, please email Ausra.Montvydaite@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk and she will send you meeting links. Sorry for the change of plan, but this is way guarantees you admission. 🙂

Men across generations

From Loreen Pardoe, Generations Working Together

A lovely opportunity for me to share with you – and for you to share with your networks. “Men Across Generations” as an upcoming Thematic Meeting session in May.

For anyone who would like to attend, not already a GWT member – please ask them to contact bella@generationsworkingtogether.org.

Also, a reminder of the next thematic meeting which is on Friday 30th April – “Year of Childhood 2021, through an Intergenerational Lens”.


The next few sessions can be found on the event page too – so do read through the different links and see if something captures your attention. It would be lovely to have you all enjoying these special events.

Download invitation

NHS Lothian Peer Support Service

We are developing a peer support service across NHS Lothian.  It’s going really well and we have already run 4 cohorts of training, ahead of the launch of the service in May.

We are now looking for a Peer Support Coordinator for ELHSCP. The main role would be for this person to take charge of local advertising, maintain the enthusiasm of the peer supporters and ensure the group stays visible. From our pilot, we know the majority of the contacts are ‘informal’ and staff have to know who the Peer Supporters are.

We are in the process of building the network and working out how people can access peer support. The ‘formal’ email / telephone line will be managed centrally.

Some people from may already have applied to do the training. However, if there are others (it would be nice to have 10-15 peer supporters) we are running further courses in May and June. It’s a super opportunity.

I’ve attached the application form along with the information sheets for anyone interested in applying and their line managers. Ideally we would have representation from across the range of services, including non-clinical.

Here are the documents you will need:

Please do feel free to contact me with any queries.

Thanks so much in advance and kind regards


Specialist Education Lead Staff Experience & Engagement
OD and Learning (Human Resources & Organisational Development)
1st Floor, Comely Bank Centre
13 Crewe Road South
Edinburgh EH4 2LD
0131 470 5723 (45723)
07976 067763

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:

COSLA Elected Members update

Restrictions on travelling around Scotland are to be lifted from 16 April and people will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six adults from six households in outdoor settings. 

The Scottish Government has launched the Spring phase of their Clear Your Head Mental Health Campaign. This phase of the campaign targets 18-44 year olds, who have been shown to be more likely to worry than those aged 45+. This younger population will be supported to look after their mental health as we emerge from lockdown in the next two months.

Key messaging will be around self-care (keeping active, sticking to a routine, doing things you enjoy), managing intense moods, and the importance of keeping in touch with family and friends to combat loneliness. The campaign will also include tips to help individuals with their mental health during the Spring period.

Read the full bulletin here.

Join us for the Carers’ Big Day Out at Foxlake on 11 June 2021

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is inviting carers of all ages to a big day out at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar on 11 June 2021 as part of Carers Week 2021 celebrations.

As everyone has been very much stuck at home during the last year, we thought we’d take the opportunity of the easing in restrictions to offer carers a chance to get out and about in the open air. 

We are offering morning and afternoon sessions, so you can choose times that best suit your circumstances. You can bring the person you care for with you or we can see how we can offer them support, if necessary, so that you are free to come on your own. We will also offer help with getting you there and back.

There are lots of activities on offer if you want to do something challenging and exciting. However, if a stroll and a cup of tea are more appealing, we can provide that too. We’ll be offering free morning coffee or afternoon tea to everyone who comes. The whole event is free and Foxlake’s team and ELHSCP staff will be on hand to help.

Go on…take the plunge. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

PS If you are interested in coming, please fill in the form below and return it to us or give Jane at ELHSCP a ring on 01620 827 755 as soon as you can so that we can give Foxlake an idea of numbers.

Download our application form here

Children’s A&E at Sciennes closes, as services move to NHS Lothian’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

Children’s A&E at Sciennes has today (23 March) fully closed, as Children’s Services move to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People located next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.

The full opening of the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People is a momentous occasion for Children’s Services in Lothian, as all patients will be set to benefit from the stunning and world-class new facilities that are on offer.

The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People has been home to the majority of Children’s Outpatient services and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) since July 2020. Earlier this year, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient facilities and some outpatient services also moved to the new site.

Fiona Mitchell, Service Director, Women’s and Children’s Services, NHS Lothian, said, “The Royal Hospital for Children and Young people is such a fantastic facility for patients, their families and our staff. This move has been much anticipated and I am delighted that we can now call this amazing space our new home.”

The public are reminded that children’s A&E at Sciennes is now closed. All patients and any child or young person requiring access to A&E, must now go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

Fiona Mitchell, added, “The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Sciennes may have closed its doors for the final time, but the same amazing teams are on hand at our incredible new facilities at Little France to offer care, treatment and support to children and young people up to the age of 16.”

The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People is located at 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4TJ.

For more information on how to access The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the facilities that are available visit –children.nhslothian.scot

In an emergency, dial 999.

Would you be willing to help NHS Lothian get the message out to as many parents as possible by downloading the poster and sharing it through your networks? Thank you. 🙂

Poster for downloading

Important message for social care staff employed by East Lothian Council

Please read the information below carefully, including the hyperlink to Scottish Government information. Send any queries by email to payrollforms@eastlothian.gov.uk no later than 31 March 2021.

The Council is administering the payment on behalf of the Scottish Government and will aim to make the payment at the end of April, however, this will depend on a number of factors which may delay the payment until the end of May for some or all.

The payment will be made as a lump sum payment, however, individuals on Universal Credits or other benefits may opt to receive this in 3 equal instalments (more detail on this is below).

If you wish to receive the payment in instalments you must contact the above email box no later than 31 March 2021 requesting payment in this manner. If you worked in a qualifying area during the qualifying period and have since left the Council, you should also contact the email address above.

Please read the information from the Scottish Government carefully and send any queries to payrollforms@eastlothian.gov.uk clearly marked £500 Payment.

 Please note that health staff have been contacted by the Scottish Government separately about their £500 bonus

Pre-election guidance

The pre-election period is likely to start on 15th March, ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections taking place on 6 May 2021. This has implications for all staff in public authorities like ELHSCP. The following guidance is from East Lothian Council but it also applies to staff working for the partnership.

Key points

While there are some specific areas that require detailed advice, the essence of this guidance is:

•   ELHSPC staff must by law act in a politically neutral way at all times.

•   There is particular sensitivity around this political neutrality in the run-up to an election.

•   Particular care needs to be taken to ensure that any events, publicity or other communications are politically neutral during a pre-election period.

•   Council/ELHSCP facilities and resources must not be used in support of a political party or election candidate.

•   Unless otherwise stated, it should be assumed that normal ELHSCP business will continue.

•   This guidance should be followed at all times as appropriate.

If you are unsure about applying this guidance, you must seek further advice immediately.

Read the full guidance here.

Public Health Scotland looking for new chairperson

Public Health Scotland

Would you like to make a difference to the public’s health and wellbeing in Scotland? 

Scottish Minsters want to appoint a Chair to Public Health Scotland. Public Health Scotland is Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all Scotland’s people, using the best data, intelligence and research.

Expertise in health and/or social care are not an essential criteria and applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service. Full information can be found here and the closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th April 2021.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the position of Chair for Public Health Scotland.