The City of Edinburgh Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership are moving to a locality model of working with a phased implementation from the start of April 2016 – July 2016. This is supported by the Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.
There will be four localities in Edinburgh
Geographical details for each of these areas and the current voluntary sector forums that are in them can be found here.
Locality working is a legal requirement of the Health and Social Care Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council has decided to move to the same model, believing that this change will help the services deliver better outcomes through being less bureaucratic, more agile and innovative in approaches. Their need for cost savings through staff reductions have also reinforced this move. Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service are supportive of the move and are aligning to the model.
There is an overall desired outcome that Edinburgh citizens will receive better co-produced services with the Third Sector as a key partner.
We recently held ThinkSpace events in each locality to update organisations and groups on locality working and to discuss how the Third Sector can be represented in localities.
Here are the presentations from those meetings:
Here are the notes gathered from the robust discussions at these events: Report from four Locality Think Space Events.
Locality Leadership groups have been established for each locality and the next meetings will take place in May. As a result of the discussions the following immediate actions have resulted: