The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for delivering community and bed-based health and social care services for adults in Edinburgh.
The Partnership is made up of people employed by both the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian who work in health centres, GP Practices, community hospitals, care homes, nursing homes and communities across the city. Staff provide care and support for people with mental health problems, long term physical conditions, as well as substance misuse problems. The Partnership also works with many charities, 3rd sector and independent organisations who provide a wide range of support.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic people and communities across Edinburgh have rallied together to support one another, helping, and caring for people who might be struggling. Organisations and charities have worked together and produced solutions to support communities during this difficult time. The Partnership wants to build on this.
There are real challenges for our health and social care system. The population is ageing, demand for services is increasing and funding is not expected to grow at the same rate as the population. The Partnership is looking to think boldly about what can be different.
This approach is consistent with the desire to build thriving communities in Edinburgh and embrace the opportunity to create a different relationship with residents, communities, and organisations across the city.
The Edinburgh Pact
The Partnership has been having a conversation to build the Edinburgh Pact. The Edinburgh Pact will be an agreement between the Partnership and everyone who lives and works in Edinburgh. The Partnership has been engaged in an exercise to listen and learn what health and social care means to Edinburgh’s citizens.
Community Council’s role
The legal responsibility for community representation at the most local level and community planning in Scotland rests with Community Councils. The Edinburgh Pact has potentially transformational implications for the delivery of health and social care provision to our residents. It is essential that Edinburgh’s Community Council’s participate in these deliberations."
Please edit as you think appropriate. The background brief can be posted on the website and distributed with the invite. The participation from CC's may be limited on this occasion but I have now been assured in writing of future timeous notification of future meetings. In the context of our engagement with the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board I believe it is important to be promoting these opportunities to Community Council members.