Support from the Start

East Lothian has been selected as one of the national test sites for Equally Well projects.

You can track progress on this edubuzz site.

Test Site Aims:

Our aim is to improve existing and /or develop new service pathways for addressing health inequality in the early years, and to develop the engagement of the target communities in improving the health of their youngest members.


The rationale for the test site is ‘Breaking the Cycle’, referring to the need to prevent the risk of disadvantage in health outcomes being passed from one generation to the next.

Geographic coverage:

An East Lothian ‘test site’ will focus on the communities of Prestonpans, Musselburgh East & Tranent, which have significantly poorer health outcomes than is average for East Lothian.

Redesign activities/actions initially being considered:

Our initial focus will be the engagement of stakeholders in a comprehensive review of service pathways for health & well being of pre-school aged children. The aim of this review will be to assess services against the knowledge base on reducing health inequalities and to develop understanding and ownership of the ‘Test Site’ aims amongst the targeted communities and service areas. The learning from this review will then be used to plan service redesign / development.

Expected outcomes:

Four broad outcome areas have been identified for the ‘Test Site’. Community Engagement, Improving Support for Parents & Carers,Improving Support for Families, Creating Child Friendly Environments


An evaluation strategy will be developed in consultation with colleagues from Queen Margaret University

Contact Person: Steven Wray, Health Improvement Development Officer Tel 01620 827509