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Plans for an ‘Edinburgh Experiment’

August 22, 2019

Plans to redefine health and social care services in Edinburgh were published in late August.

The Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB), which oversees the delivery of services which support the wellbeing of adults in the Capital, says the new strategic plan will radically transform the way Edinburgh delivers its health and social care services over the next three year planning cycle and beyond.

The EIJB says it will further integrate Council and NHS services to deliver an ‘affordable, sustainable and trusted health and social care system’ under its vision for a caring, healthier and safer Edinburgh.

“This is the first step on a long journey which will only work if we improve integration and redesign certain services,” said Judith Proctor, chief officer for the EIJB.

“Our plans are very ambitious because we need to be bold – Edinburgh deserves the very best that we can offer. That’s why at the heart of this plan is a desire to improve the experience of patients, families and carers across the board. The conventional approach to care makes people wait for an assessment and is about processes, not people. That’s something I’m passionate about changing. We need to abandon the jargon and work in a way which is much more meaningful for families.”

Details of the strategic plan’s vision and values were published following a 77% approval rating on a draft which was published in March. A public consultation on the draft plan engaged more than 450 people including citizens, carers, health and social care professionals and partners in the third and independent sector and included 106 online results, which saw 78% of respondents agree with the EIJB’s proposed intent to concentrate resources in the community rather than hospital settings.

A further 76% agreed with the principles of a redefined Edinburgh Offer. As part of the strategic plan, a move towards a more flexible way of working is planned with the transformation of the EIJB’s services, to reduce overlap, modernise systems and concentrate resources in new ways.

A preventative and person-centred approach to care will be championed under what is hailed the ‘Three Conversations Approach’, which will promote tailored care for each individual, in a place which is best for them, as early as possible.

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