Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is recruiting three heads of service

  1. Head of Primary and Preventative Care Services – including Primary Care, Urgent Care, Dental, Health Promotion & Improvement, Children’s Services, Sexual Health, local area co-ordination and Allied Health Professions 
  2. Head of Community Care Services – including Community Hospitals, Care Homes, Home Care and Community Health Services
  3. Head of Complex and Critical Services – including Mental Health; Psychology, Learning Disability and Adult Social Work
  • Posts are open to both NHS and Local Authority employment (as outlined in the recruitment pack and T&Cs.)
  • Closing date is 24 January 2021.
  • Click here to access more details

For an informal discussion with Nicky Connor, Chief Officer & Director of Health and Social Care please contact Sally Howley, Management Support Officer to Chief Officer (

Farewell and thank you!

From Marie Gentles

A huge thanks to everyone for the fun “digital and socially distanced” send off last week. The kind words, cards and video messages were very special. Your generosity has really overwhelmed me and is much appreciated. I really love my gifts, Gin and flowers and am already making use of my Sense fitbit which gently nudges me when I watch too much TV or sit too long!  It definitely is keeping me focused on moving more and I hope will keep me ahead of the lifecurve on the next chapter of my ageing journey!

I have had the pleasure of celebrating many special birthdays and “doos” with you all over the years and feel I have had my fair share of celebrations. I know 2020 has not enabled us to do things how we want to but we hope to again soon! I do feel privileged to have worked with you all and to have your support over the years – you are the success story to supporting those people most in need in EL.

It just leaves me to say au revoir and hopefully we will stay in touch. It has been a great experience and I look forward to hearing about all your great achievements in the future! Hopefully we will definitely get together for a celebration bash later in the year.

Coaching for wellbeing service

NHS Education for Scotland has launched a new phase of the Coaching for Wellbeing service to continue the support for the health and social care colleagues during the pandemic, with an aim to have the service in place until March 2022. 

We now offer one option of two hours for online coaching, designed to support staff with issues they may be facing during these challenging times. Experienced coaches will provide support in building resilience and improving well-being and where relevant, provide a space to explore how to lead and support others.  

Please find attached more information on the updated flyer. I would really appreciate it if you could please circulate widely.  

More information also available on the National Wellbeing Hub

Download the Coaching for Wellbeing booklet here.

Best wishes, Tuija 

Tuija Tengvall 
Senior Specialist Lead
NHS Education for Scotland
M: 07786 398082

Get flexing and shake off the winter blues


Improve your fitness without harming your joints with our Gentle Exercise course. These exercises are easy and gentle, and can be done indoors.

Every Wednesday from 27th of January 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

This course is free for adults in East Lothian and will be held via Zoom.

Register today:

Celebrating East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership staff

Councillor Fiona O’Donnell (East Lothian IJB Chair) and Peter Murray (East Lothian IJB Vice Chair) offer heartfelt thanks to all ELHSCP staff

Dear Health and Social Care Partnership Staff

Peter and I in our roles as Chair and Vice Chair of the IJB are in regular contact with the IJB Chief Officer, Alison MacDonald, who describes the huge effort all Health and Social Care Partnership staff are putting in to care for communities all over East Lothian.  In particular, we have heard and seen how hard you have worked over the festive period.

It is difficult to list every HSCP profession or role who provide the excellent care in this very challenging time. The IJB is rightfully proud of all your contributions and we wanted you to know how much every single contribution you have made, and will make in supporting East Lothian communities, is appreciated.

We are used to hearing of the plans to cope with the extra pressures which winter brings. This year you have had to cope with the additional impact of the pandemic on the people you care for and the people you work with.

Many of you have also been involved in the roll out of the vaccine which gives us hope that we will, in the not too distant future, be able to show that appreciation in person. We very much look forward to that day. In the meantime thank you for all the care, compassion and professionalism you bring to our communities. To us, every one of you is a hero and no words can ever adequately express our gratitude and respect.

Please stay safe and well in the days ahead.

Fiona O’Donnell                                         Peter Murray
Chair East Lothian IJB                            Vice Chair East Lothian IJB

Strengthening support for people with dementia and their carers

New dementia recovery plan published

People living with dementia and their carers will have increased access to respite and community services and post-diagnostic care under new plans.

The Dementia and COVID-19 National Action Plan outlines steps to build on the action taken since March to ease the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on people with dementia and carers.

Unpaid carers of loved ones with dementia will have access to Scottish Government-funded NHS mental health services and counselling support available through Alzheimer Scotland.

As well as continuing to support frontline services and staff, dementia care will be enhanced in acute and associated care settings through a further Dementia Champions Programme.

This plan complements and supports priority support to the care home sector during the pandemic.

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people with dementia and their carers, who have had to cope with the necessary suspension of many normal services – not to mention the emotional consequences caused by the necessary restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.

“During engagement on the development of this recovery plan, we have listened to individual experiences including those of declining physical and mental health, social isolation and the impact of delayed referrals into post-diagnostic services during the course of the pandemic.

“While we are hopeful that the direct impact of the pandemic will recede next year, individuals and families may continue to experience additional issues associated with its impact and legacy.

“This plan sets out our co-ordinated response to those issues and how we will work together to support people in the months and years ahead.”

COSLA Health and Social Care spokesperson Stuart Currie said:

“During the pandemic the way a number local authority, independent and third sector services work has had to change, such as moving to telephone and digital provision.

“Some of these services may continue to provide support, but we also want to see the return of place-based and face-to-face support services and the opportunity for people to use their community facilities. We are committed to working in partnership to get things right for people with dementia, their families and carers.”


The Dementia and COVID-19 National Action Plan.

The plan aims to strengthen the resilience of communities across Scotland to recover through the complementary action of the NHS, local authorities and the third sector. It is a direct response to the more than 100 organisations or individuals – including people who live with or support people living with dementia – who offered their views, experiences and responses over the course of the pandemic.

We will continue to engage with participants from the engagement process, to help monitor and review the implementation and impact of this plan at 6 and 12 months. A national governance group including COSLA and representatives from health and social care partnerships will be established to oversee governance and reporting on the plan.

David J Kennedy
Head of Media and Communication
T: 0131 474 9205 M: 07788452710
Twitter:  @COSLA

ELHSCP care home visiting

From 5 January 2021, we enter a new lockdown period. Just to let you know that indoor visits are for essential visits only. More information about what’s happening is available here.