What is the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership?

The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for delivering community and bed-based health and social care services for adults in Edinburgh. It 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.

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership staff provide care and support for people with mental health problems, long term physical conditions, as well as substance misuse problems. The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership also work with many charities, third sector and independent organisations to provide support.

When was the Partnership established?

In 2014, the Scottish Government announced that health and social care services should be integrated, as part of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014. The act specified that local authorities and health boards should be integrated into one public body.

The Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB) was established on 1 July 2016, and is responsible for setting out its vision, intent and strategic priorities through a strategic plan.

The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is the operational delivery mechanism for the EIJB and delivers health and social care services across the city, as outlined in the EIJB’s Strategic Plan.

The Partnership is supported to deliver services through:

  • NHS Lothian

  • City of Edinburgh Council

  • Third sector organisations

  • Independent care organisations