In the latest review of services for older people in Edinburgh, following an initial inspection in May 2017, the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has received acknowledgement from the Joint Inspection team across the Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland, about the positive progress made over the last few years.

The latest report cites the partnerships efforts in driving forward – with pace – a clear vision and structured approach, that is now seeing positive progress in a number of areas.

The report published today (09 November 2021) follows a difficult progress review in 2018, but based on progress, the Joint Inspection team has noted that no further review activity is now planned.

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer, Judith Proctor, comments, “This latest review allows us great opportunity to reflect on the considerable improvements the Partnership is making, to place people at the heart of planning, commissioning, and delivery of our services, even when faced with the continued national challenges – the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, and ongoing pressures on the system.”

“The publication of the report in 2017, was a difficult read for all who were working in the Partnership at the time. Whilst it was a report that measured and reviewed outcomes, the crux of the 17 distinct areas of improvement outlined, highlighted a key need for review around our enabling and strategic factors – our practices, strategy, and structures.”

She continues, “Our Strategic Plan 2019 – 22, published in August 2019 worked to address this. In addition, the establishment of our ambitious Transformation Programme, and the continued dedication, hard-work, and commitment of our staff, and wide range of partners, are all key factors that are contributing to a number of the positive steps being made. We remain realistic about the system pressures and other challenges we face, but have confidence that the strengths of our strategy, relationships, and cohesive approach to the way we work will help continue the open, inclusive, supportive, and resilient ways of working, that have helped pave progress to where we are now.”

To read the report in full, please click here.