Our Health Our Care Our Future: NHS Lothian Strategic Plan 2014-2024

Our Health, Our Care, Our Future
Our 10 year strategic plan

NHS Lothian is committed to continuous improvement across all of our services. Through our strategic plan - Our Health, Our Care, Our Future – we have identified areas where further development is needed to achieve the Scottish Government 2020 vision that, by 2020, everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting.
The strategic plan was developed in partnership with staff, partner organisations (including local authorities and the third sector) and people from across Lothian. It takes account of existing strategies and outlines the steps we need to take to ensure we provide safe, effective, person-centred care and healthier lives for all.

More information on the plan is available on the Our Health, Our Care, Our Future pages.



NHS Lothian Strategic Plan 2014-2024: Developing person-centred primary and community services

Primary care and community services provide the first point of contact between an individual and a healthcare professional in approximately 90% of contacts with healthcare services.
This document describes the challenges faced by primary and community services and our plans to develop them over the next 10 years, including a focus on strengthening engagement with patients in making decisions about their care.

Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 describe important aspects of this work (see below)



NHS Lothian strategy for children and young people 2014 – 2020

Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lothian’s Children and Young People

The overarching vision of the NHS Lothian Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy is that ‘every child should have the best start in life and grow up being healthy, confident and resilient.’

When we consulted children and young people on developing this strategy, three of the key issues they highlighted were:

  • How we engage with them in their care and treatment
  • Recognising how they feel when accessing health services
  • Access to health Information and health services


This strategy sets out a clear vision, principles and approach for how NHS Lothian will work with children and young people, their families, the public, the voluntary sector and the four local authorities to improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people across Lothian between 2014 and 2020.

NHS Lothian strategy for children and young people 2014–2020
NHS Lothian strategy for children and young people 2014–2020
(Executive Summary)

Make sure we feel like we matter - A consultation report for NHS Lothian
Children and young people’s views on ‘Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lothian’s Children and Young People – NHS Lothian’s Strategy for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020



NHS Lothian Maternity Strategy 2009 - 2015

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NHS Lothian Health Inequalities Strategy: December 2014

Health inequalities are “systematic, unfair differences in the health of the population that occur across social classes or population groups.”
This strategy describes our continuing efforts to reduce health inequalities.

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Better cancer outcomes in Lothian – a strategy for cancer 2015-2020

Better cancer outcomes in Lothian – a strategy for cancer 2015-2020 - is in line with our public health and major health service plans in Lothian, the South East of Scotland Regional Cancer Plan, and the national Better Cancer Care plan workstreams.

The strategy is structured around the following six aims, which are to:

  1. Prioritise prevention, reduce inequalities and promote longer healthier lives for all.
  2. Put in place robust systems to deliver the best model of integrated care for our population – across primary, secondary and social care.
  3. Ensure that care is evidence-based, incorporates best practice, fosters innovation and achieves seamless and sustainable care pathways for patients.
  4. Design our healthcare systems to reliably and efficiently deliver the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting.
  5. Involve patients and carers as equal partners, enabling individuals to manage their own health and wellbeing and that of their families.
  6. Use the resources we have – skilled people, technology, buildings and equipment - efficiently and effectively.


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Lothian Neurological Care Improvement Plan 2014-2017

It is estimated that there are 53,480 people in Lothian who are living with a neurological condition, of whom 5,348 will be disabled by the condition and 1,872 will require help with all the tasks of daily living.
Around 8,489 people in Lothian will receive a new diagnosis of a neurological condition each year. Having a neurological condition is the most likely reason for experiencing complex and physical disability for people aged under 65 years.
The focus of the Lothian Neurological Care Improvement Plan 2014-2017 is on patient need and service excellence.

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Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy Strategy 2013 - 2016

Better health, excellent pharmacy care
The services co-ordinated and provided by the pharmacy profession within a healthcare organisation.

Pharmaceutical Care
The responsible provision of medicine therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life.



Food Matters: Our Food, Our Health, Our Care. Catering Strategy 2014-2014

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Palliative Care: Living and Dying Well in Lothian

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A Sense of Belonging

Summary Document

A joint strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of Lothian's population, 2011-2016



Lothian Sexual Health and HIV Strategy 2011 - 2016

This strategy describes the vision to improve sexual health across Lothian and reduce the ill-health caused by HIV. The strategy and implementation plan have been developed through consultation with a wide range of people representing different population groups.
The outcome of the public consultation on Lothian's Sexual Health and HIV Strategy



Self Directed Support - National Strategy

The Scottish Government and COSLA are committed to driving a cultural shift around the delivery of care and support in Scotland, with self-directed support becoming the mainstream approach.



Lothian Joint Physical and Complex Disability Strategy

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Last Reviewed: 04/10/2017