NHS Lothian

About Edinburgh Community Health Partnership

Edinburgh Community Health Partnership (CHP) covers the whole of the City of Edinburgh 
and matches The City of Edinburgh Council boundaries.

The CHP is part of NHS Lothian, working closely together with social services and voluntary organisations and is responsible for managing community health services in Edinburgh. There are five Local Health Partnerships (LHPs) supporting the CHP to deliver services locally. The CHP provides services to around 495,000 people across 100 square miles and includes 77 GP Practices, clinics and community based services as well as pharmacists, dentists and opticians. The CHP provides services including Health Visiting, District Nursing, Mental Health, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Dietetics, and Speech and Language services and others.

As part of the work in developing close working relationships between social and healthcare services, the CHP is also part of the Joint Directorate of Health and Social Care bringing together Primary Care and Community Health services along with Adult and Older People's Social Care services. The Joint Directorate has a single management structure with the Joint Director based at the Council Headquarters at Waverley Court and the CHP management team based at St Roque, Astley Ainslie Hospital.

The CHP has developed high quality local health services to help meet the needs of the people of Edinburgh. The CHP seeks to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time and in the right place working to help people in Edinburgh to be healthier. The CHP also manages a range of Lothian-wide services.

Edinburgh CHP Sub-Committee

As a formal sub-committee of the Lothian NHS board, the Edinburgh CHP Sub-Committee is chaired by a non-executive director. Membership of the sub-committee is agreed by statute. It is multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational and has NHS and Council membership as well as membership drawn from statutory and non-statutory organisations.

Current Priorities

The CHP works to deliver HEAT – Health Efficiency Access Treatment targets determined by the Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) and NHS Lothian. For 2008/09, there are 30 Key Targets and 31 Key Performance Measures. These comprise of:

  • 7 targets on Health Improvement 
  • 7 targets on Efficiency and Governance
  • 7 targets on Access to Services
  • 9 targets on Treatment

For further information about HEAT targets visit the Scottish Government's Website: www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Scotland/17273/targets

The CHP working along with The City of Edinburgh Health and Social Care Department, hospitals, other statutory organisations including the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS 24 and voluntary organisations seeks to deliver the targets and measures.

How are decisions made in the CHP?

The Edinburgh CHP Sub-Committee has the overarching responsibility to ensure that the CHP works in an efficient and inclusive way in the delivery of the HEAT targets and other strategies. The CHP Sub-Committee challenges and agrees actions undertaken or to be undertaken by the CHP. The Sub-Committee also ensures that there is meaningful commitment and involvement across a wide area of the community in the decision making processes of the CHP.

Contact Details

David Small
General Manager
Edinburgh Community Health Partnership
St Roque
Astley Ainslie Hospital
333 Grange Loan

Tel: 0131 537 9531
Fax: 0131 537 9500
E-Mail: info.edinburghchp@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk - then click on community