WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD?

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 www.sssa.scot 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.

Update from the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Delivery Group

East and Midlothian Public Protection Office has just issued a great list of upcoming training events and online resources. There’s lots here to support all our practice, so please do have a look.

Elected Member briefing note:  Violence Against Women is a Public Health Issue from The Improvement Service.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Forced marriage training for professionals, Edinburgh, 22nd January 2020, 9.30—4pm. The training sessions are designed by Women’s id Scotland Forced Marriage Consortium 2019 (Shakti Women’s Aid, Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Aid).  Training includes:

  • Understand the gendered cultural context of forced marriage and its links to Honour-based violence and domestic abuse.
  • Understand how the Forced Marriage and other legislation, can be used to protect children/adults at risk of forced marriage
  • Understand appropriate responses to identified risk and disclosure of forced marriage
  • Input from Police Scotland
  • Booking through Eventbrite link only. Free to book; £50 charge if fail to attend or notify less than 48 hours of the event. Free event- Lunch/ tea/coffee provided 

New NHS Education Scotland E-module “ Developing your trauma skilled practice”.
In line with the Trauma Skilled practice level of the Scottish Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework, Developing your trauma skilled practice is designed to:

  • Increase learners’ understanding of traumatic events and the different ways that people can be affected by them and
  • Help learners recognise where the impact of trauma might influence their work with people affected by trauma
  • There are 5 learning units plus assessment and takes 1-2 hours to complete. 
  • If you are registered with Turas Learn, Developing your trauma skilled practice can be accessed here.  It is simple and free to register an account with Turas Learn here.  See our website and Twitter account for 12 trauma resources for each of the 12 days of Christmas!  From:  Dr Sandra Ferguson, Associate Director Psychology, Lead for National Trauma Training Programme, NHS Education for Scotland.

The Scottish National Trauma Training Video Series provides short videos on topics such as the national trauma training programme, supporting children and young people to recover from psychological trauma, the window of tolerance (for individuals and for organisations) and the impact of trauma on witnesses.  Access these resources here

Access2safety – new social enterprise providing specialist language support in a range of languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin & more. Our women are trained in Gender Based Violence, Honour Based Violence, FGM. See www.access2safety.co.uk

Recounting Women is an exhibition of work from Scottish Women’s Aid’s participatory photovoice project. The project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse to develop photographs and text that communicate what they want other people to know about domestic abuse, the impact it has on their lives, and what needs to change. Work in this exhibition highlights issues of injustice, homelessness, poverty and isolation identified by the women who took part in the project.  The exhibition is open 24 hours a day. Location: Ocean Terminal (2nd floor),  Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

The Scottish Government has published Recorded Crime in Scotland: 2018-19. The bulletin and associated data tables provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.   The latest record crime stats (see above) show sexual crime at its highest level since records began. Whilst overall crime has risen by 1%, sexual crimes have increased by 8%. Reported rape and attempted rape have more than doubled (increasing by 115%) since 2010-11.

The Scottish Government / CoSLA:  Equally Safe delivery plan: year two update report
Read the second annual progress report for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, published on 25 November 2019. This strategy was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations and was first published in June 2014 – updated version published in March 2016.

BBC item – research by Dr Jane Monckton Smith: patterns of domestic killings, describing an eight-stage pattern.

Article: Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers. (2018). Rebecca Barnes and Catherine Donovan.

Gender edit of protection Scotland’s future: The government’s programme for Scotland 2019/2020, Engender Scotland

‘Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse’ Animation Film, which has been produced following extensive consultation with survivors/survivor support services and with funding from Scottish Government.

Car Parking at the East Lothian Community Hospital

I’ve ben asked to share this letter from Lorraine Cowan, Brian Robb, Andrew Milne, Philp Galbraith, Councillor John McMillan and Thomas Miller. Here goes…

Dear Staff Member

FAO: ALL Grey Fleet &  Pool Car Drivers

FAO: ALL Staff who do not use private vehicles for Domiciliary Care

As you are aware our new hospital has now opened and over the next few months construction work including  demolishing the last remaining buildings will continue to allow the groundwork to progress creating additional parking and landscaping. 

The following describes the efforts being made to manage the limited car parking in order to maximise opportunities for patients, visitors and those staff that require to park onsite.

Within the North Car Park there will be approx 150 parking spaces inclusive of Disabled parking. These spaces will be for use only by patients, visitors and some staff.  

North Parking Bays – Staff Parking – 22 spaces, nearest to Alderston Road

Central Parking Bays – Staff Parking – 65 spaces

South Parking Bays– Patient & Visitor Only Parking  – 63 spaces

Disabled Parking – Area outside ELCH Entrance

Drop off area directly at the front of the Hospital entrance is not a parking area and must remain free at all times to allow uninterrupted operational use.

Please note that it is not be acceptable to park in the Visitor Parking area if any of the designated Staff areas identified above are full.  You would in this instance, require to park off site appropriately and while doing so please ensure the following notes are applied:

  • Drivers should be aware that you cannot park or wait on double yellow lines at any time.
  • You must not wait or park on single yellow lines at the times stated on corresponding signs.
  • Unless you are entitled to, you must not park in disabled parking spaces or resident parking spaces.
  • You must also not park, within 10 metres of a junction, over a dropped kerb and in front of an entrance to a property
  • It is very important that we respect our residential neighbours and remember, do not park in residential parking bays and ensure you park in a manner that will not obstruct footways, driveways or junctions.

Parking of All Grey Fleet  and Pool Vehicles

With immediate effect and only during the final construction stages at ELCH, all pool cars and grey fleet vehicles must be parked at the Herdmanflat Hospital site. 

This car park is monitored by security and is being retained specifically to relieve pressure of parking at the ELCH. 

This has been agreed with the executive management team and partnership colleagues.

The site management team understand the frustrations surrounding this matter and they continue to engage with the local community.

Both Morrison Construction and NHS Lothian teams have been in communication with local residents, East Lothian Council & Police Scotland and have made assurances that we will continue to monitor parking and will continue this until it is no longer required.

NHS Lothian regret any inconvenience caused to local residents and staff and would like to thank them for their on-going patience during this time.,

The new Community Hospital is a significant investment in East Lothian’s healthcare provision and we appreciate the continued support of the local community during this further construction phase.

Council budgets

The process for deciding how much the council will raise in income and spend on services in future years is an ongoing process. And they have just launched their annual consultation process.

Plans will be affected by changing political structures, new demands or legislation, the state of the general economy, demographics and the events that we cannot always predict. However, there are a number of key documents such as The Council Plan 2017-2022 and the annual budget.

Make sure you have your say – decisions about the council’s budget impact on all of us in the Partnership. Take a look and tell the council what you think the important areas are – http://socsi.in/BMljF

Transforming services for older people

The next meeting on transforming services for older people is on 14 January 2020 from 13.00-16.00 at the new East Lothian Community Hospital. This marks the beginning of the next phase of reproviding services currently provided at the Edington and Belhaven Hospitals and Abbey and Eskgreen Care Homes and follows on from the meeting some local representives came to with Hub South East at Queen Margaret University in June.

There has been a delay in convening this meeting, as we were waiting for the project team delivering the new Community Hospital to be free. The hospital opened in November, and the team, including Hub South East, are now able to take this reprovisioning work forward. We have decided to hold our meeting in the Community Hall at the new hospital so that you can have a look around and see what they have achieved. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the hospital and we hope you will be able to join us beforehand for a light buffet lunch. We are inviting representatives from across East Lothian as this work will result in provision for people in all our communities.

At this meeting, we hope to provide more information about the timeline for the work and to look with you at how local communities will be involved. Many of you have nominees ready and waiting to take part in local project teams. It would be really helpful if you could share this invitation through your networks so that anyone with an interest may attend.

We hope that you will be able to attend, or nominate someone else to represent your group and interests.

Thank you very much for your continuing patience and support.

It would be great if you could confirm your attendance by email to elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk

Be Incredible Again – get vaccinated against flu

Health and social care staff have time to Be Incredible Again and get a flu jab this winter. There are still clinics available in December.  Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect patients, the community, yourself and your family from this potentially serious, preventable disease.

If you don’t manage to get vaccinated before the New Year, please email the flu mailbox address below and an appointment will be arranged for you:

EastLothianHSCP.Flu@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

You can also contact your social care staff flu lead, Margaret Drew at Margaret.drew@eastlothian.gov.uk

Don’t delay. Be Incredible. Again.

My December Diary

Just thought I’d do a quick diary round-up now as people start getting ready for the festive season.

The run up to Christmas has been as hectic as ever. We have a visit from NHS Lothian Chief Executive Tim Davison just over a week ago during which we updated him on ELHSCP’s progress and gave him a chance to have a look around the East Lothian Community Hospital. We also said goodbye to East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive Angela Leitch, who has left to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland. Alex McCrorie is Interim Chief Executive and the Chief Executive will be announced shortly.

We also held the last IJB meeting of the year, at which Judith Tait (in her Chief Social Work Officer role) gave us her annual report. The report gives a full over-view of the delivery of social work services in East Lothian, including fostering, child protection, adult protection, adult social care and criminal justice social work. It also provides commentary and analysis of the Health and Social Care Partnership. Judith said that in a difficult period for social work nationally, we are holding our own. She said that our staff continue to work hard to help people make and sustain positive changes in their lives.  She was clear that there would be challenges ahead but was confident that East Lothian Health and Social Partnership was addressing these in our strategic plan.

I think that’s a really positive message and covers not just social work but integrated health and social care. Times are tough but through a combination of innovative approaches and integrated working, we are using our resources and experience wisely to help the growing number of people who use our services to achieve good outcomes.

It has been a big year for us in so many areas – the implementation of the Carers Strategy, achievements acknowledged in the Care Inspectorate’s national thematic review of Self-Directed Support, the new East Lothian Community Hospital, Wellwynd Hub, the success of the Community Review Team, START and our new mental-health/substance misuse drop in in Musselburgh.  Those are just a few of our achievements – things are really beginning to come together and this is very much down to all of you. Your willingness to embrace integrated working and share ideas and good practice has led to much of our success this year. The momentum is building so let’s keep that going now.

So it just remains for me to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  To those of you who are preparing for a break, happy holidays – rest, recuperate and enjoy! To those of you working over Christmas and New Year, a really big thank you. I know there are many people relying on you to whose days you will make a big difference. And enjoy your Christmas when it comes.

Thank you for everything this year and all the very best to you and yours this Festive Season.

My November diary

It’s been an action-packed month this November. We held our first Welcome Event for new-starts this month. We chose the new East Lothian Community Hospital as our venue, using the new Community Hall.  It’s fantastic to see the hospital signed off and fully functional.  Thanks to John Gibson and Barbara Renton for organising a very successful event and thanks to the ELCH Project Team and all the staff at ELCH for getting everything at the hospital up and running so smoothly.

It is the awards season and I have been out and about at various events, including The Queens Nursing Institute of Scotland and East Lothian Council’s Star Awards in which we did very well – see my post about Celebrating Success.

It’s been really busy getting ready for winter. The IJB signed off our winter plan at its October meeting and we can see pressures building up in our A&E departments. I would welcome any help you can give me in persuading people to use other more appropriate services like NHS24 and NHSInform if they can. The message from our A&Es is ‘use our services wisely’. Please help us get the message out there if you can. Find out more about our Winter Plan.

We had a really useful management engagement event at the end of November, at which we caught up with what a range of teams were achieving through partnership and integrated working and innovative approaches. A full write up will follow soon.

I was at the Heath and Social Care Scotland Conference at which Jeanne Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health was a keynote speaker, and attended the Lothian IJB Chief Officers’ Group, and, of course, there was the regular meeting with the IJB Strategic Planning Group.

Like lots of you, I expect, I am looking forward to the festive season but would like to express my real appreciation to those of you who will be leaving your friends and families over the festive period to look after our frail and vulnerable patients and clients.

Welcome event 26 November 2019

We held our first ELHSCP welcome event for new starts with the Partnership (and some not so new!)

As part of the session, we asked people five key questions – see what they said.

What would you like to hear people saying about East Lothian HSCP?

• They take notice of complaints
• They are delivering relevant services
• Value for money
• Consistency of care/carers
• Provide effective and efficient services
• Modern, up-to-date, fit for purpose
• They care for you
• That we are addressing pubic concerns like those described by Marilyn
• Improving community services
• Learning from best practice elsewhere – networking and making sure we have the resources and time to do so
• Individualised and focused
• It’s a great place to work
• That we are dynamic and proactive
• Right place, right time, right solutions, right approach
• Forward thinking
• That we listen and learn
• Respecting of others
• Know about the partnership and what it’s responsible for

What’s been the best thing so far about working in East Lothian?

  • Location
  • Community
  • Variety
  • Organised
  • Effective leadership and valued
  • Opportunity to develop
  • Transport
  • The people
  • Being appreciated
  • Proactive environment
  • Geographically mixed, e.g., towns and country
  • No traffic
  • Meeting new people
  • Views taken into account
  • Consulted!
  • Having good relationships with other staff

How do you want to treat each other?

  • With respect
  • Recognising skills
  • As EQUALS
  • Utilising/recognising skill mix and using them
  • Supporting people
  • Kindness and interest
  • Approachability
  • Understanding colleagues caring needs
  • ‘no blame’ culture – accept that people make mistakes
  • Looking at what skills people have outside the workplace
  • Recognising time constraints
  • Fairness and consistency
  • Good communication
  • Valued
  • As a team.

What questions would you put to senior managers present today?

  • What opportunities are there for development and progression?
  • What procedure/framework is there for reporting issues?
  • Do you like your job?
  • Are there opportunities to shadow you in your role?
  • Is there a support framework for staff who would like to develop skills to move out of their professional ‘box’ into something different?
  • Is there any support for staff dealing with difficult issues?
  • How do you cope/deal with all the stress/complaints you deal with on a daily basis?
  • If staff have an important idea for development, where should they discuss this?

What matters to you when you are at work?

  • Team working
  • Person-centred care
  • Break time
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Recognition
  • IT working OK
  • Being valued
  • Good staff relationships
  • Hot-desking limits a feeling of belonging
  • Good support system
  • Nice working environment.

This is all valuable feedback and will be taken account of. More ideas – keep them coming to myvoice@eastlothian.gov.uk