COSLA Elected Member Briefing 3 June 2020

Key messages from this week’s briefing are:

  • Lockdown has begun to ease with the introduction of Phase 1, as announced by the First Minister last week.
  • While some outdoor activity restrictions started to relax on Friday, the public are still urged to stay at home as much as possible and maintain strict physical distancing when outdoors.
  • Please could this message be shared as widely and as often as possible.

See full briefings here.

Tune in to STV News at Six tonight (at 6.27pm, actually!)

Eskgreen staff and residents are being showcased tonight on STV’s News at Six, in a compilation about life in care homes. The piece will feature an interview with our very own Clair Anderson, Manager at Eskgreen.

Remember to tune in at towards the end of the programme (if you haven’t been glued to it throughout already!)

Meet Deidre Quigley, Clinical Nurse Manager, Primary Care

Deidre says…

I am delighted to be working  as Clinical Nurse Manager in Primary Care, I am based at CWIC in Musselburgh. I will be working with clinical staff in primary care and ELHSCP to develop the CWIC and CTAC services. There are lots of challenges ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions but the teams are keen to get back to delivering care to meet the community needs and we are in the process of getting services restarted.

I have previously worked in NHS Borders, HIS and NHS Grampian.

My most recent post was  in NHS Lothian as District Nurse Team Manager for the SE Locality in Edinburgh. My clinical background is district nursing but I have an interest in QI – I completed the Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship in 2014.

I worked for two years at Healthcare Improvement Scotland within the Ihub focusing on national frailty and falls programmes.

I love to run with my chocolate lab Bonnie and have been training for the Edinburgh half marathon (if it ever happens!)  I love to spend time travelling, outdoors and with family and friends so have found life in lockdown difficult! On the plus side my IT skills have improved with ZOOM and MS Teams.

Dementia Awareness Week 2020

For people living with dementia, living at home gives them more independence and also means they can continue to enjoy their own familiar environment. The right home environment can help them to stay safe, physically active and also provide prompts to keep them mentally stimulated and in touch with friends and family. Find out more here –

Postcards from isolation

Community Arts Worker Zoe Murdoch from the East Lothian Arts Service has created a group on Facebook called Postcards From Isolation – A Covid Diary.

The Covid Diary Facebook group is an opportunity to document the day-to-day lives of local residents living through these historic and unusual times.

From social distancing to lockdown, Covid 19 has changed the way we all work, shop, play and live our lives. The pictures you put up celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit through the hard, boring, funny and the amazing.

It is a chance to depict the art of living and the creativity that comes from confinement. Put up your art projects, ideas, baking experiments and share your day to day life.

Visit A Covid Diary Facebook page here.

Meet Cat Cockburn, our new ELHSCP Operational Business Manager

Cat says…

I have had amazing opportunities working in operational roles for Local Authorities over the last 30 years. From the former East Lothian District Council, then East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council and now I have came back to my routes geographically. This time employed by NHS Lothian.

The last 10 years of my career have been working as a Team Leader and then Manager within joint Health & Social Care Partnerships. I have been able to participate in developing operational services alongside many dedicated colleagues in a collaborative manner.

Outwith work I enjoy all the usual delights of living in East Lothian (even in lockdown) with my family and friends. I also enjoy dabbling with aromatherapy expanding my knowledge on the benefits of essential oils.